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Militia Men Attack Packed U.N. Compound in Eastern Congo

The compound of United Nations peacekeeping forces in the lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo came under attack this afternoon, with militia groups and angry youths hurling insults, then stones and, finally, mortar shells into the grounds. A United Nations area commander suffered a minor stab wound when a mob attacked his car, a United Nations spokeswoman said. “People are hungry and also very angry,” said the spokeswoman, Patricia Tomé, in a telephone interview from the compound in Bunia, where peacekeepers, aid workers and some 2,000 civilians, mostly women and children, have been staying for days for protection. Warring militia groups have gone on a looting spree in the town, since Ugandan soldiers, under a recently negotiated peace accord, moved out of Bunia, the main town in the Ituri region. Restaurants and shops have been emptied, and food supplies are perilously low. By Saturday, Ms. Tomé said, staples at the compound itself would be exhausted. Full Story

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