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DR Congo: Nearly 900 killed in ethnic clashes last month, UN says
World | incidents | 10:31, 17 January 2019 | 1205

AKIPRESS.COM - Ethnic violence in western Democratic Republic of Congo left at least 890 dead over just three days last month, the UN says, BBC reports.

"Credible sources" say clashes between Banunu and Batende communities took place in four villages in Yumbi, the UN Human Rights Office says.

Most of the area's population has reportedly been displaced.

Voting in the 30 December presidential election was postponed in Yumbi because of violence.

The attacks had reportedly taken place on 16-18 December.

Some 465 houses and buildings were burned down or pillaged, including two primary schools, a health centre, a health post, a market and the office of the country's independent electoral commission, the UN said.

The displaced residents included some 16,000 people who sought refuge by crossing the Congo river into neighbouring Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, it added.

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