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Gunfire rocks Congo town


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BUNIA, Congo (CNN) -- The sound of gunfire rocked Bunia for almost two hours on Tuesday in what appeared to be an incident between ethnic armed groups in or around the northeastern Congo town, members of a U.N. team in Bunia said.

U.N. spokeswoman Isabel Abric told CNN the firing may have been connected to an incident Monday in which one combatant was killed and five others injured while trying to retrieve the body of a comrade.

The incidents highlight the continued friction between militias drawn from the Hema minority and Lendu majority, analysts said.

Aid agencies have reported the presence of about 50,000 displaced persons from Bunia at Eringeti, outside the town of Beni, south of Bunia, Abric said.

Beni is held by a Congolese armed group allied to the Kinshasa government.

On Friday, Abric said the United Nations had discovered the sites of two more mass graves in Bunia, a finding she said would bring the number of people killed in 10 days of clashes and killings there earlier this month to well over 300.

-- From CNN Nairobi Bureau Chief Catherine Bond


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