In Summary
  • Munitions were found in the bags of the two people, a man and a woman dressed in civilian clothes.
  • The crowd of several dozen people accused them of being members of the Allied Democratic Forces.
  • At least seven people have been killed in clashes during the anti-UN protests this week.

Beni

A crowd in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month, an AFP journalist said.

But the army said the two were a sergeant and his wife.

The killings came on the same day that the United Nations peacekeeping chief visited eastern DR Congo where anti-UN protests have erupted since the militia attacks.

MUNITIONS FOUND

Munitions were found in the bags of the two people, a man and a woman dressed in civilian clothes, in the town of Beni.

The crowd of several dozen people accused them of being members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a shadowy armed group with links to Ugandan Islamists, the journalist said.

"They didn't have ID and when we checked their bags we found ammunition, military garb and cartridge clips," said Fabrice Muhindo, who works at the car park where the lynching took place.

"They are ADF members who were on their way to an operation against the population. We neutralised them," he told AFP.

The two were actually an army sergeant and his wife, the army said late Saturday.

HEADING TO DUTY

Sergeant Bahati Sisimbume was heading to his duty station in Ituri province, north of Beni, army spokesman Mak Hazukai told AFP.

The killings came after another soldier was lynched in Oicha, 30 kilometres north of Beni, on Friday by civilians who mistook him for an ADF member.

The visit to Beni of UN Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix came several days after a mob stormed a UN base in the town in protest over a perceived failure of peacekeepers to stop militia violence.

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