The Congolese security forces fired live ammunition on Monday morning in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, to contain protesters who attacked two UN camps, an AFP correspondent said.
Police and the Congolese army opened fire near the UN camps, ostensibly to try to disperse hundreds of angry protesters after another massacre in the night of eight civilians in Beni attributed to the armed group of ADF.
The demonstrators had previously burned the town hall of Beni. Two policemen were wounded and bleeding profusely, AFP correspondent said.
From the same source, two UN helicopters flew over Beni. Two other UN helicopters briefly landed in one of the two attacked camps before departing again.
« Protesters broke walls in one of our offices. Houses of United Nations personnel have been attacked and vandalized, « a spokeswoman for MONUSCO said, citing firing in response from the Congolese police and army.
Monusco is scheduled to hold a crisis meeting starting at 12:00 GMT.
Before attacking the UN camps, close to each other, angry residents set fire to the other end of the city at the town hall of Beni, which was partially burned, according to the correspondent of AFP.
The inhabitants of Beni denounce since Thursday « the inaction » of the Congolese army and the Blue Helmets face the repeated killings attributed to the ADF in the region. A protester was killed Saturday by the police.
Eight people slaughtered that night
Eight people were massacred on Sunday night in Beni, sources said.
A total of 77 civilians have been killed since November 5 in Beni and its surroundings (North Kivu), according to the latest statistics of the Kivu security barometer of the Study Group of Congo (GEC).
This is according to ADF retaliation experts after the military operations announced against their bases on 30 October by the Congolese army.
The Congolese army launched its military operations against the group unilaterally, without asking the reinforcement of the blue helmets of Monusco.
Originally, the ADF are Ugandan Muslim rebels hostile to President Yoweri Museveni, who retreated to the east of the current DRC in 1995.