At least 40 killed in ethnic clashes in eastern Congo

More than 40 people are reported to have been killed in ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

A local civil society leader Jean Bosco Lalu told the Reuters that the latest deaths were recorded in the last 48 hours in fights between Hema cattle herders and Lendu farmers.

Last week a similar number of of deaths were recorded in the Ituri province following clashes between the two groups.

The war between the two groups since 1998 to 2003 has led to the death of thousands of people with clashes flaring up again in recent months due to disputes over land.

Ethnic conflict in DRC has been compounded by the current political crisis where President Joseph Kabila has refused to step down.

Joseph Kabila took over as president from his father Laurent who was assassinated in 2001.



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