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Congolese Soldiers Rampage in Western Town

U.N. officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say government soldiers have gone on a rampage in Mbandaka, after finding one of their colleagues murdered and mutilated.

It is unclear who killed the soldier or why. But U.N. officials say the troops responded violently, taking to the streets of the western town, assaulting civilians, pillaging homes and firing shots in the air.

The U.N. officials say the troops have been brought back to their camp following Sunday's violence.

There is no word on casualties.

The government soldiers are former militiamen, integrated into the Congolese military following a 2003 peace deal to end the country's civil war.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.