One killed, many wounded as DR Congo police fire on protesters
One person was killed and at least seven seriously wounded Saturday after DR Congo police opened fire on a crowd protesting deadly militant attacks in the northeastern city of Beni .
There have been a string of rallies against local forces and UN peacekeepers in Beni for failing to stop the Allied Democratic Forces ( ADF) militia from killing seven civilians on Wednesday .
“ The doctor just told us that Obadi (a demonstrator ) is dead . We just took his body to the morgue , ” Ghislain Muhiwa Kasereka, a spokesman for the pro – democracy Lucha movement told AFP in Beni ’ s main hospital .
Military prosecutors also confirmed the death, adding that six or seven demonstrators and one policeman were in a critical state in hospital .
An AFP journalist said police opened fire in the heart of the city , near the hospital and the town hall .
More than 60 civilians have been massacred in the Beni region since military action against the ADF began at the start of November .
The ADF began as an Islamist rebellion hostile to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni . They fell back into eastern DRC in 1995 and have recruited people of different nationalities , but appear to have halted raids inside Uganda .
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo known by its French acronym MONUSCO on Saturday said the Congolese army had launched the offensive unilaterally .
“ MONUSCO cannot engage in operations in a war zone without being asked and without strict coordination with the national army , ” it said in a tweet , adding that uncoordinated action could lead to friendly fire .