At least 30 killed in troubled DR Congo province

Tuesday March 13 2018

Displaced Congolese, fleeing inter-communal

Displaced Congolese, fleeing inter-communal violence in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, make their way to the Tchomia on the DRC side of Lake Albert. AFP PHOTO | JOHN WESSELS 

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At least 30 people were killed overnight in several villages in DR Congo's eastern province of Ituri, sharpening an ethnic conflict that has already caused tens of thousands to flee, officials said Tuesday.

"We have recorded 30 deaths. There are certainly other bodies out in the bush. A search is underway," a government official said. Other sources gave a higher toll.