Deadly cattle dispute in restive eastern DRC leaves 30 dead, 15 injured

Violence broke out Friday in eastern Congo, leaving 30 people dead over a dispute about cattle. It was the latest outbreak of violence in the restive region.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 9 (UPI) -- United Nations peacekeepers are struggling to quell tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern region, where a dispute over cattle turned deadly on Friday.

30 people were killed and at least 15 injured in the violent clashes between the Bafuliru and Barundi/Banyamulenge communities in the province of South Kivu.

Martin Kobler, the head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the DRC, said that troops would be sent to assist Congolese forces.

Eastern Congo has been beset by violent unrest, driven by political and ethnic differences, for two decades.

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