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More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in a western Ivory Coast town, a Catholic charity said last weekend, adding that the mass killings happened in an area under the control of forces fighting to install the country’s internationally recognized president.

The U.N. military spokesman said he had no information about mass killings in Duekoue, though he confirmed there are nearly 1,000 peacekeepers based there.

Spokesman Patrick Nicholson of the Roman Catholic charity Caritas said workers visited Duekoue on Wednesday and found hundreds of bodies of civilians killed by bullets from small-arms fire and hacked to death with machetes.

He said they estimated that more than 1,000 civilians were killed.