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Army Factions Clash in Congolese Town


United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say army factions have clashed in an eastern Congolese town, injuring at least one soldier.

U.N. sources say a gun battle broke out Saturday in the streets of Sake. The military battalions involved in the fighting include former rebels who have been integrated into the army.

U.N. peacekeepers are patrolling the area, and calm was restored to the town by the afternoon.

Less than one week ago, Congo held its first multi-party elections in more than 40 years. Some 17,000 U.N. peacekeepers were deployed to the region to provide security during the historic vote.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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