Deadly DR Congo protests after UN troops accused of killing

Blue helmet members of MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in BeniA protester was killed and two others badly wounded Tuesday after angry crowds accused UN troops of shooting a man in the head in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rights groups said. Trouble erupted after Tanzanian troops from the UN mission MONUSCO, charged with driving rebels from the strife-torn North Kivu region, “got out of their jeep and fired at close range on a crowd of motorbike riders blocking their passage,” a civil society source told AFP. In protests Tuesday over the killing, one person died in clashes with police, civil society groups said, with the situation still volatile despite the authorities claiming that calm had returned to the town. Tensions have been high between the local population and the peacekeepers amid anger at the United Nations’ seeming inability to stop a series of massacres by Ugandan rebels in the region, with peacekeepers blamed for killing two youths on October 21 after earlier protests.

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