40 dead in east Congo ethnic violence

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To escape fighting, thousands of civilians flee Congo

At least 40 people have been killed in the last 48 hours in ethnic violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between Hema cattle herders and Lendu farmers, local civil society leader Jean Bosco Lalu told Reuters on Tuesday.

Fighting between the two groups instigated by Lendu-dominated militia has killed dozens since December.

Conflict between Hema and Lendu around the turn of the century killed tens of thousands of people.

Source: Reuters

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