Two women lynched, set on fire in Congo as ethnic tensions flare

August 25, 2016 22:46

Two Hutu women were dragged out of a minibus, lynched and their bodies set on fire by a crowd in eastern Congo, the local mayor said on Wednesday.

The incident took place as inter-ethnic tensions in the region surge in the wake of massacres that have killed hundreds of civilians.The town of Butembo where the killings took place is dominated by members of the Nande ethnic group. The crowd in the town said the two ethnic Hutu women were traveling by minibus in North Kivu province and were militants, mayor Sikuli Uvasaka Makala told local radio.

About 50 civilians were hacked to death this month outside Beni, some 50 km (30 miles) north of Butembo.

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