Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

According to Al Jazeera News, Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo denied the allegations that were in a report published on Thursday by the US-based rights group.

The report, based on interviews with nearly 80 witnesses, victims’ family members, security officials and others, adds to previous allegations that Kinshasa police executed suspected gang members.

The report said, during late night swoops, masked police rounded up unarmed young men, killed them and often disposed of their bodies near their homes in an apparent attempt to make the killings appear to be urban crime.

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