At least nine people died in clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after government troops stopped former fighters leaving a camp for demobilised militia groups, officials said yesterday.
The camp houses fighters of the Rwandan-backed M23, which rebelled against President Joseph Kabila’s government in 2012 and 2013, and the Mai Mai militia, whose allegiance has fluctuated, according to a UN official.
Six ex-militia and three soldiers were said to have died on Wednesday.
Congo’s east has been plagued by instability and conflict for two decades.
The region saw the worst of the fighting in a war between 1996 and 2003 that sucked in half a dozen African countries and left millions dead.