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26.05.2016 South Africa

DR Congo protests turn violent as two killed at opposition rally

By AFP
Congolese police patrol the streets of Goma in 2012.  By Phil Moore (AFP)
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Congolese police patrol the streets of Goma in 2012. By Phil Moore (AFP)

Kinshasa (AFP) - A DR Congo policewoman and a demonstrator died Thursday in the eastern city of Goma in clashes as nationwide protests erupted against long-serving President Joseph Kabila, a senior UN official said.

"A policewoman was killed by the crowd and a protestor was also killed," Jose Maria Ajanaz, who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the mineral-rich but deeply restive Central African nation, told AFP.

But Goma's police chief told AFP there had been no police deaths.

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