At least 30 people have died in fresh clashes after heavily armed men attacked villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
The men – wielding machetes, arrows and AK-47s – are reported to have started by burning people’s homes in one of the affected villages in Ituri province.
“In the village of Djo, (the attackers) killed 10 people, in Gbi, there were 10 dead, and in Takpa, 19 people were shot dead, which makes 39 dead,” Willy Pilo Mulindro, head of Bahema-North district said.
The United Nations-sponsored radio Okapi said it has counted as many as 41 dead, after speaking to local people.
The violence is believed to be the latest in series ethnic clashes which has left more than 100 people dead since December.
According to a local official, the latest clashes broke out just after Interior Minister Henri Mova wrapped up a tour of the region.