More than 400 killed in DR Congo ethnic violence

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Ethnic violence in north-western Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 400 people over two days in December, a local priest and a civil society activist said of a death toll three times higher than earlier estimates.

The clashes on December 16 and 17 between Batende and Banunu ethnic groups in and around Yumbi were some of the worst to hit the normally peaceful area in years and led government to cancel voting in the December 30 presidential election there.