Dozens of Burundian refugees killed in DR Congo

19 September, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Congo security forces kill at least 18 Burundian refugees

Troops shot dead 18 Burundian refugees in clashes in Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials in the eastern province of South Kivu said yesterday, giving what they said was a provisional toll.

"The refugees went in big numbers where the two arrested Burundians were being held, demanding their release", Mwanaboka told Anadolu Agency.

The crisis in Burundi has created over 400 000 refugees and left an estimated 700 opposition supporters dead.

Interior ministry official Josue Boji said troops had tried to disperse the refugees by "firing in the air but were overwhelmed" when the group responded by throwing stones in Friday's confrontation.

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The Congolese government, the U.N refugee agency and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo "have deployed teams on site to shed light on everything that happened", said the coordinator of the U.N. Communications Group in Congo, Florence Marchal.

The death of a soldier during the protests is said to have triggered the bloodbath.

"There are 34 dead and 124 wounded among the Burundian refugees", he said, before warning that the death toll could rise further because refugees had taken bodies of other victims to the Pakistani-run United Nations camp at Kamanyola. UNHCR also calls for an investigation into this tragic incident.

Many fled political violence at home in 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza successfully pursued a disputed third term amid deadly protests.

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