Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have opened an inquiry into the deaths of at least 30 Burundian refugees killed in clashes with Congolese security forces.
The group were protesting in the town of Kamanyola, over plans to send some of them home, a Reuters witness and local activists said on Saturday.
Police and soldiers opened fire.
Congo’s government spokesman Lambert Mende has however denied that those killed were refugees, saying that the clashes broke out when assailants from an unidentified armed group attacked an office belonging to the national intelligence agency.
Five soldiers and 20 of the attackers were killed.
Africa correspondant, Crystal Orderson has more.
There are conflicting reports coming out of the DRC, but the credible reports we can trust is, of course, from the UN peace keeping mission and they say that they have credible reports that the Burundians were demonstrating after four of their countrymen were expelled....— Crystal Orderson , Africa corespondent
The DRC authorities saying that they will start this commission of inquiry but the reality is I don't think much is going to come from it.— Crystal Orderson , Africa corespondent
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