** FOR USE WITH YEAR END--FILE **Riot police officers approach a homeless man as they charge a group of Election volunteers who were marching towards the Independent Elections Commission office in Kinshasa, in this Aug. 2, 2006, file photo. Election volunteers were demonstrating asking for the 70 USD salary they were promised for their services during the vote. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay/FILE)

Kinshasa - More than 70 men and women have been summarily executed in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) said Thursday.

“The reports received by MONUSCO suggest that the summary executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups to spread terror among the population. The majority of the victims were killed with machete,” MONUSCO said in a statement.

The killings are said to have happened in late January and early February.