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Massacres Despite Congo Cease-Fire

Twenty-two people have been hacked to death in northeastern Congo, despite this week’s cease-fire agreement committing warring tribes and militia groups to end violence in the troubled Ituri province. a Ugandan military officer said Thursday. The victims of two attacks Tuesday and Wednesday in villages outside Bunia were members of the Hema tribe, and the attackers were Ngiti, allied with the rival Lendu ethnic group, a Ugandan military officer, Maj. David Muhoozi, said Thursday. In the past six months, hundreds of people, many of them civilians, have been killed in Ituri province and thousands more displaced as Congolese rebel splinter groups and their tribal allies fought over control of territory in the timber- and mineral-rich province. In a statement Thursday, human rights group Amnesty International said conflict in the region “has been manipulated and exacerbated by leaders of armed political groups fighting for political and economic control of the region.” Several thousand Ugandan troops returned to the Bunia area at the beginning of the month to stop the tribal violence and root out Ugandan rebels the government says are plotting against Uganda. Full Story

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