Congolese forces have shot and killed at least 18 Burundian refugees near Burundi’s border, officials said Saturday.
The deaths occurred Friday in the Kamanyola area of Congo’s South Kivu province, the commander of the Pakistani battalion of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, Waquara Yunusi, told The Associated Press.
He said 34 people were killed, 15 of them women.
Congo’s military could not immediately be reached for comment.
The coordinator of the U.N. Communications Group in Congo, Florence Marchal, confirmed a provisional death toll of 18, with 50 others wounded.
“I do not know the exact circumstances of why it degenerated, but it degenerated … There were shots from (Congolese forces) and the police on asylum seekers,” she said.
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