35 people killed by DRC Mai Mai

2013-03-24 17:05
The village of Lukweti, north Kivu, where the Mai Mai, the collective term for several disparate paramilitary groups, have their headquarters. (Michele Sibiloni, AFP)

The village of Lukweti, north Kivu, where the Mai Mai, the collective term for several disparate paramilitary groups, have their headquarters. (Michele Sibiloni, AFP)

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Kinshasa - The United Nations mission in Congo says at least 35 people were killed after hundreds of militia fighters attacked the southeast mining centre of Lubumbashi, before surrendering.

The UN says at least 54 people had also been injured and were transferred to hospitals, among them the Mai Mai fighters.

The statement by the UN on Sunday welcomes the surrender of 245 Mai Mai fighters.

UN-run Radio Okapi on Saturday reported that fighters - armed with bows and arrows and machetes - had surrendered to the UN peacekeeping force. Children were reportedly among the militia when it attacked the city.

The Mai Mai militiamen are seeking to secede from Katanga province. Eastern Congo is home to a myriad of rebel groups who terrorize civilians, though most attacks are further north.

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