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UN Troops Kill 38 Militia Fighters in Congo Raid

U.N. troops killed up to 38 militia fighters during a raid by hundreds of peacekeepers backed by helicopter gunships in the Ituri district of eastern Congo Saturday, a U.N. military source said. “It was serious fighting and 38 militiamen were killed,” the source told Reuters. The clash came a day after a U.N. deadline expired for voluntary disarmament by militias, who have killed hundreds of civilians in the mineral-rich region. Earlier, the U.N. mission in Congo said South African, Bangladeshi and Pakistani peacekeepers exchanged fire with gunmen as they searched two militia camps 25 miles southwest of Bunia, capital of Ituri. Full Story

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