49 Feared Dead In Congo’s Clashes


By Ola Adeola

At least 49 people are reported killed in the clashes between militia and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Reuters said.

The story says fighters from militia group, Kamwina Nsapu, sought to avenge the death of their leader. The development resulted in violence with security forces on Thursday and Friday.

U.N.-funded Radio Okapi quoted Alex Kande, governor of Kasai Central province as saying that 27 of the dead were militiamen, 16 were members of the security forces and six were civilians, the report stated.

It adds that a decade after the end of a 1996-2003 regional war in Congo that killed millions, the mineral-rich country remains a tinderbox of armed groups and ethnic militias.

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