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Congolese army, rebel clash claim 30 lives

Tuareg rebelsAt least 30 people including a UN peacekeeper were killed in clashes pitting the army and UN troops against Ugandan rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

A statement by a rights group that documents violence in North Kivu province on Monday said that clashes broke out in the town of Eringeti, when ADF rebels attacked a military headquarters.

They said that Congolese forces killed at least 14 rebels while rebels killed at least seven civilians with machetes.

Eight Congolese soldiers and one UN peacekeeper from the Force Intervention Brigade, which has a mandate to conduct offensive operations, died in combat, the statement said.

The group also said that at least 500 civilians have been killed in the area since October 2014, most in overnight raids by rebels carried out with machetes and hatchets.

The UN mission and Congolese army areis yet to comment on the issue.



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