Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

"What would you do?"

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay Yukos shareholders over $50bn in damages

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

Africa

Villagers kill dozens of policemen in northern DRC

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-10-31

Residents of a northern DR Congo village have killed at least 47 policemen who were trying to intervene in inter-ethnic strife over fishing rights, according to a UN-sponsored radio station. Local officials say the death toll is much lower.

REUTERS - Armed villagers killed at least 47 policemen trying to intervene in a feud over fishing rights in northern Congo, United Nation-sponsored radio reported on Friday, but the government said the death toll was much lower.

An unknown number of civilians also died in the violence which erupted near the village of Dongo in Equateur province early on Thursday and continued on Friday, Radio Okapi said, citing local officials.

Congo’s Information Minister Lambert Mende said the death toll had been exaggerated and the incident had been sparked by a local government official, who was recently removed from his post for inciting community tensions.

“The central government had already suspended him. He was the one who organised the group, which had carried out the assaults against the other community,” Mende told Reuters.

“They attacked the local police station yesterday, killing one policeman and four civilians. Today, they killed six more policemen,” he said.

The violence is not linked to simmering fighting in Congo’s eastern borderlands, where the army, backed by thousands of U.N.  peacekeepers, is attempting to stamp out local, Rwandan and Ugandan rebels who roam the mineral-rich regions.

Bienvenu Longe, a local administrator near Dongo, said the fighting started when police, sent to the area to quell months of clashes, attempted to arrest a local witch doctor linked to the feud.

"The police tried to arrest him, and his group of more than 100 attacked them with spears, machetes, hunting rifles and even knives. The situation became catastrophic," Longe said.

Longe and other officials contacted by Reuters could not confirm the number of dead as most residents had fled the area, many across the border.

Residents from the villages of Monzaya and Enyele, representing two different ethnic groups, had been involved in intermittent feuding over fishing rights.

Congo hosts the U.N.’s largest peacekeeping mission, with around 18,600 soldiers, but 95 percent of the force is based in Congo’s eastern regions and there were no peacekeepers in the area where the violence took place.

 

Date created : 2009-10-30

COMMENT(S)