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Clashes mar DR Congo pull-out

French peacekeepers have exchanged gunfire with ethnic militia fighters in the war-torn town of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The BBC’s Andrew Harding in Bunia says the French troops rushed in to crush a suspected incursion by ethnic Lendu fighters. The clash came as a deadline expired for the gunmen to disarm. Our correspondent says that most of the ethnic Hema fighters in control of Bunia have complied, but a small number have remained to protect the leadership. The north-eastern town has been wracked by fighting between rival ethnic factions, which has killed about 500 civilians in the past two months. Full Story

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