Ethnic militia clashes kill 18 in eastern Congo

Reuters | Published: 16:41, Dec 22,2016

 
 
Congo

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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