Refugees From Burundi Killed in Congo, Activists Say

Refugees From Burundi Killed in Congo, Activists Say

Refugees From Burundi Killed in Congo, Activists Say

According to several reports, the small town of Kamanyola in South Kivu, near the border with Burundi and Rwanda, has seen deadly confrontations between Burundian refugees and asylum seekers and the Congolese armed forces during the weekend. Another 117 people were wounded and one Congolese officer was killed, he said in a statement.

The U.N. envoy called for a swift investigation and urged Congo's security forces to use force as a last resort.

"No person who is a beneficiary of this (refugee) status is supposed to have an assault rifle".

"The refugees went in big numbers where the two arrested Burundians were being held, demanding their release", Mwanaboka told Anadolu Agency.

UNHCR and its partners have sent teams to Kamanyola, including medical staff, to treat the injured.

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Kamanyola is home to 2,000 of the almost 44,000 people who have fled Burundi to neighboring Congo, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

Burundi's foreign minister, Alain-Aime Nyamitwe, on Twitter described the incident as a "shooting" and said "explanations are needed".

Kamanyola hosts more than 2 000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Burundi, most of who arrived in 2015 at the height of the crises in their country when President Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power at the expiry of his tenure.

Burundi's government firmly rejected the allegations, accusing the United Nations investigators of being "mercenaries" in a Western plot to "enslave African states".

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