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Police reported killed in melee

October 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A U.N.-run radio station says 47 police officers have been killed amid fighting in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Villagers from two different communities were involved in a fishing dispute and the police tried to intervene but were attacked, according to Col. Joly Limengo, the police inspector for Equateur province.

The fighting took place between residents of Iyele and Muzaya, Limengo told the Associated Press. He said among the villagers there were ex-combatants from rebel movements and those demobilized from the army.

U.N.-run Radio Okapi reported that an unspecified number of civilians also died.

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