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Nearly 400 Reportedly Killed in Witch Hunt

July 05, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly 400 people were killed by mobs in a witch hunt last month in northeastern Congo and nearly 300 fled to escape the bloodshed, a Ugandan military intelligence officer said.

"The latest report we have received is that 394 people have been killed and 283 displaced," Capt. Alfred Opio said in Kampala, Uganda's capital.

Uganda's New Vision newspaper said the Ugandan army, which controls most of northeastern Congo, had arrested 89 people in connection with the hunt for people suspected of practicing witchcraft.

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