34 Bu­run­dian refugees killed:

Africa

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Troops shot dead 34 Bu­run­dian refugees in clashes in Ka­many­ola in eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, lo­cal of­fi­cials in the eastern prov­ince of South Kivu said Satur­day.

A Bu­run­dian refugee said that more than 30 had been killed and at least 100 wounded in the vi­o­lence on Fri­day.

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.

Boji said the clashes be­gan af­ter a group of refugees over­ran a jail run by the coun­try’s do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence agency to de­mand the re­lease of four Bu­run­di­ans who had been ar­rested for ex­pul­sion on Wed­nes­day night. “There are 34 dead and 124 wounded among the Bu­run­dian refugees,” he said, re­vis­ing up­wards an ear­lier toll of 18 dead plus one DR Congo sol­dier.

Boji had warned ear­lier that the toll could rise fur­ther, as the refugees took the bod­ies of other vic­tims to the Pak­istani-run UN camp at Ka­many­ola. (AFP)

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