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Congo Town Gripped by Foreboding After UN Deaths

U.N. troops are shot and stabbed to death by attackers. Kidnappings are on the rise. Villagers with deep stab wounds are ferried in to clinics from nearby hills. Aid agencies start scaling back their work. Anger and apprehension are everywhere in Bunia just two years after a bout of militia bloodletting pushed the small mining town in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on to the world’s front pages. The murders of nine Bangladeshi U.N. peacekeepers in a militia ambush on Friday has reminded the outside world what many in the DRC have known for months — that the badlands of its northeastern Ituri district are in the grip of worsening political and ethnic instability. Full Story

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