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French Kill Two as Security in Congo Worsens

French soldiers sent to stop tribal fighting in Bunia killed two militiamen who attacked them on Monday as the United Nations warned that the situation in the Congolese town was worsening despite the troops’ arrival. It was the first time the troops had killed any militiamen since they started arriving in Bunia on June 6 as part of an international force to protect civilians from fighting between ethnic Hema and Lendu militias. The fighting has killed an estimated 500 civilians in the past month. “Warned earlier this morning of aggressive actions to the southwest of Bunia, a patrol of the multinational force went to the area,” said Major Xavier Pons, deputy spokesman for the international force. Pons said the patrol was attacked by two militiamen who were killed when the soldiers returned fire. Full Story

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