Ethnic conflicts kill over 160 in DR Congo’s Ndjugu: army report

BUNIA, DRC, March 12 (Xinhua) — At least 166 people have been killed in
the fighting following inter-ethnic clashes in Ndjugu, northeastern
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), since last December, said a
military report issued Sunday.

In the report, military authorities in Ituri province said the figure
includes nine troops and three policemen killed by attackers since conflict
erupted in December.  The army also said 1,700 houses have been torched in
more than 40 localities. According to the report, February was the most
violent with massive displacements reported.  Conflicts have hit several
parts of Ituri, where Hema and Lendu tribes have had tense relations for
decades, with land issues being a main cause of conflicts.  Fighting
between the two ethnic groups between 2000-2006 led to the death of more
than 60,000 people and burning of thousands of houses.The UN mission in the
DRC (MONUSCO) expressed concern Wednesday in Kinshasa on the current
tension in Ndjugu, and called for a joint effort between communities and
authorities to quickly end hostilities.