More than 500 people killed in central Congo in past 5 months

More than 500 people killed in central Congo in past 5 months

More than 500 people were killed in Congo’s central Kasai province in the past five months, police said on Monday.

Among the dead were 39 soldiers, 85 police officers and about 390 rebels, the National Police Spokesman, Pierrot Mwanamputu, said.

The region experienced increased violence between the Kamwina Nsapu militia and security forces since the traditional chief heading the militia, who wanted state presence removed from the area, was killed in fighting in August.

The Kamwina Nsapu claimed the government was exercising “unjust political domination” in the region.

UN investigators discovered dozens of mass graves since the unrest begun.

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Congolese President, Joseph Kabila, signed military orders declaring the region a military zone on April 6 with the aim of quelling the violence.

Almost 1.3 million people have fled the region due to the violence, according to the UN.

In early May, 8,000 people were displaced per day, the UN said. (dpa/NAN)

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