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20 slain after rebel attack

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
A Sunni family carry their belongings as they flee their house during clashes in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Sunday, May 13. Sectarian violence linked to the unrest in neighbouring Syria shook the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Sunday, with street clashes killing one soldier and two civilians, the state news agency said. Residents said running gun battles broke out in the city Saturday and continued through the night primarily between a neighbourhood populated by Sunni Muslims opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad and another area with many Assad backers from his Alawite sect.

KINSHASA (AP):

A government official in eastern Congo says rebels armed with machetes have killed at least 20 people in an attack on a village.

Marcellin Cishambo, the governor of South Kivu province, blamed the attack on Rwandan Hutu rebels, and said the fighters had attacked the community of Kamananga starting around 4 a.m.

He said the army has been sent to the region to pursue the attackers, who also set 21 houses on fire. The Rwandan Hutu militia is led by perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide who fled across the border to Congo.

Cishambo also said that 12 United Nations peacekeeping troops were wounded in an attack in eastern Congo.

A spokesman for Congo's UN peacekeeping mission confirmed the attack, but said the attackers could not be identified.



CAPTION: A Sunni family carry their belongings as they flee their house during clashes in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Sunday, May 13. Sectarian violence linked to the unrest in neighbouring Syria shook the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Sunday, with street clashes killing one soldier and two civilians, the state news agency said. Residents said running gun battles broke out in the city Saturday and continued through the night primarily between a neighbourhood populated by Sunni Muslims opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad and another area with many Assad backers from his Alawite sect.