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Tribal Leaders Says 44 Killed in Congo

The leader of a tribal faction in northeast Congo said Monday that 44 people died in fighting over the weekend as more French troops arrived in the region to prepare the way for a multinational force. The French troops reached neighboring Uganda and planned to join an advance team that arrived last week in the northeast Congo town of Bunia, where fighting between the rival Hema and Lendu tribes has killed hundreds and forced thousands to flee their homes. Armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, hundreds of Hema and Lendu fighters fought Saturday in and around Bunia. The Hema group retained control of the town. Thomas Lubanga, leader of the Hema group, the Union of Congolese Patriots, said 38 Lendu fighters, three Hema fighters and three civilians died in the fighting. Full Story

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