14 killed, scores of homes burned during attack in DR Congo – UN mission

21 September 2004

An apparent dispute between two communities in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has left 14 people dead and 91 homes burned to the ground, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the central African nation.

One hundred fifty peacekeepers from the UN's Ituri battalion were dispatched immediately to the village of Lengabo, where they remain, said the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).

While a UN team, along with members of the Congolese police and judiciary, is still investigating the attack, local accounts describe the violence as caused by a dispute between two communities.

Two women and seven children were among those killed in the attack.

 

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