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Rwanda, Rights Group Deny Massacre Report

Rwanda denied Wednesday that the government has engaged in systematic killings of Hutu civilians and U.N. officials said they have no evidence of large-scale revenge attacks.

A report Tuesday in the respected Paris daily Liberation said the Tutsi-led government had killed at least 100,000 Hutus since mid-1994 in systematic attacks to avenge the genocide of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis.

Ian Martin, chief of the U.N. Human Rights Field Operation for Rwanda, said revenge killings have occurred in Rwanda, but his office had no evidence of systematic killings. He invited anyone with evidence to bring it to U.N. authorities.

Liberation said it arrived at the 100,000 figure by analyzing lists of missing or dead tabulated by village authorities in the central province of Giterama, then extrapolating results for the entire country. It said about 17,000 people were killed in Giterama.

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