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UN Mission in Congo Reports of Killings in Northeast District

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says at least 16 people were killed and more than 200 houses were burnt down in northeastern Ituri district this week.

A U.N. mission spokesman told reporters he joined a group of Pakistani peacekeepers Saturday and visited a remote village that was burnt down.

He said he saw one corpse on the side of a road. He also said witnesses told him that armed militiamen had killed 15 people in the village.

The U.N. news agency IRIN reports that unidentified armed militiamen burned down the village earlier this week, forcing 1,500 people to flee.

Tens of thousands of people have died in the mineral rich Ituri district since 1999, as a result of ethnic clashes between Hema and Lendu militiamen.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.