Bu­run­dian refugees are killed in Congo

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2 NAIROBI, KENYA >> At least 34 refugees who had fled po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence in Bu­rundi were killed by gov­ern­ment forces in the neigh­bor­ing Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo, a civil so­ci­ety group said Saturday.

A Con­golese gov­ern­ment spokesman could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment, and the num­ber of deaths and other de­tails about the episode could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied.

The events oc­curred Fri­day af­ter­noon in Ka­many­ola in east­ern Congo when a group of Bu­run­dian refugees went to an of­fice of the Con­golese in­tel­li­gence service to de­mand in­for­ma­tion about sev­eral other refugees who had been de­tained, said Jean-Chrysos­tome Ki­jana, a mem­ber of the civil so­ci­ety group, which is based in Congo.

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