KINSHASA, Feb. 5 — At least 26 people were killed on Saturday in
inter-ethnic fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),
according to security sources on site.
The sources said the fighting involved members of the Hema and Lendu
community in Ituri province, where a Hema village located a few kilometers
from the city of Bunia was attacked.Sources from the provincial government
of Ituri also confirmed the incident, saying that some villagers were
killed and several houses were burned during the attack.Police and soldiers
were dispatched to the spot to prevent the spread of violence, which
followed days of tension between the two ethnic communities in the
region.The conflicts between Hema and Lendu have made it difficult for the
two communities to coexist for several years in the province of Ituri.
Between 2001 and 2006, at least 60,000 people died in clashes between the
two in Ituri. – XINHUA