DRCongo vigilante warning as army battles massacre rebels

Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo stand near a UN armoured vehicle on October 23, 2014 in BeniMinisters appealed on Tuesday to panic-striken civilians in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo not to form militias to protect themselves after a string of massacres by Ugandan guerrillas. Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo warned that self-defence groups could further complicate the already febrile situation around the town of Beni, where as many as 120 people have been slaughtered in five weeks of night-time rebel raids. His call came as the Congolese army, backed UN peacekeeping troops, fought rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) for a second day on the edge of the town. As the fighting raged in the Virunga National Park around the town, families were burying the dead from the last attack when 11 people were killed — mostly hacked to death with machetes — in a raid on Saturday night.

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