Democratic Republic of the Congo: At least 19 killed in armed clashes between militias
At least 19 people have been killed over several days of clashes between militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to experts and a local official.
The fighting between rival militias “left 19 dead including two civilians and 17 combatants”, one of the experts in the Hauts Plateaux region told AFP on Friday.
The region has seen conflict between Congolese Tutsis of Rwandan origin, the Banyamulenge, and other communities.
“There was violent fighting since Monday” between Banyamulenge and rival militias, the local official said on condition of anonymity.