Fighting between Hutu and Nande ethnic militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday killed 17 civilians and one police officer, a local army spokesman said, in a sign of worsening insecurity across the vast country.
‘Some were killed by gunshots and others by machetes,’ Captain Guillaume Djike told Reuters.
Innocent Gasigwa, a local activist, said the clashes involved the predominantly ethnic Nande ‘Mai Mai Mazembe’ militia and mostly Hutu ‘Nyatura’ fighters.
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