UN: 2 UN personnel killed in north Congo clashes

Published April 05, 2010

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations' head of Congo peacekeeping operations says two U.N. personnel have been killed during fighting between the Congolese military and a militia.

Manodje Munubai says that a U.N. peacekeeper from Ghana was fatally shot Sunday while in a car. He says a U.N. civilian personnel died Sunday during fighting with a traditional militia in northern Congo known as the Enyele.

A local hospital received 14 dead bodies on Monday, according to U.N. Radio.

The Congolese army started battling Enyele militiamen in November after fighting started between the Enyele and Munzale tribesmen reportedly over farming and fishing rights.

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations' head of Congo peacekeeping operations says two U.N. personnel have been killed during fighting between the Congolese military and a militia.

Manodje Munubai says that a U.N. peacekeeper from Ghana was fatally shot Sunday while in a car. He says a U.N. civilian personnel died Sunday during fighting with a traditional militia in northern Congo known as the Enyele.

At least eight others, including policemen, an army officer and militiamen, also died in the clashes Sunday, according to the information minister in the northwest town of Mbandaka.

The Congolese army started battling Enyele militiamen in November after fighting started between the Enyele and Munzale tribesmen reportedly over farming and fishing rights.

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