14 killed in Congo train at­tack

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BRAZ­ZAV­ILLE — Repub­lic of Congo po­lice say 14 peo­ple have been killed in an at­tack on a train in the coun­try’s south­east.

Po­lice of­fi­cials said on Satur­day that Fri­day’s at­tack took place near the Min­douli train sta­tion in the Pool re­gion, 200km south of Braz­zav­ille, the cap­i­tal. Po­lice say an­other at­tack on Thurs­day by for­mer Nin­jas Nsiloulou mili­tia mem­bers killed four sol­diers 40km south of Braz­zav­ille.

The army has been de­ployed in the re­gion since April, af­ter at­tacks by the mili­ti­a­men killed 17 peo­ple. The gov­ern­ment blames the mili­tia’s for­mer leader, Fred­eric Bit­san­gou, who be­came high com­mis­sioner for peace af­ter a 2003 peace deal in the cen­tral African na­tion.

Bit­san­gou has been miss­ing since the April at­tacks, which came weeks af­ter long­time Pres­i­dent De­nis Sas­sou N’Guesso’s re-elec­tion. — AFP

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