Deaths Reported in DR Congo Amid Anti-UN Protest

Armed forces and members of a religious sect protesting Western organizations' presence in the country resulted in dozens of deaths, local officials say.

The head of the International Red Cross branch in Goma, Anne-Sylvie Linder, said her clinic had received many patients with serious stab and gunshot wounds after the protest.

A United Nations source told Reuters news agency there were "credible" reports of more than 50 fatalities after soldiers blocked protesters who had gathered at a church before the demonstrations got underway.

On Thursday, protesters accused the army of firing indiscriminately at civilians. The army said 160 people were arrested amid the unrest.

Inhabitants of Goma (file photo).

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