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40 police officers in DR Congo decapitated.

Militia fighters in DR Congo have
decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush in the central
province of Kasai, local officials say.

Fighters from the Kamwina Nsapu group attacked a police convoy.
Six policemen who spoke the local Tshiluba were freed, but the rest were killed, Kasai Assembly President Francois Kalamba said.

The unrest in Kasai began last August, when security forces killed the Kamwina Nsapu leader.

Friday’s attack targeted a police convoy travelling between Tshikapa and Kananga.
The state Governor Alexis Nkande Myopompa said an investigation had been launched into the killings.

UN says 400 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in the Kasai
region since Jean-Pierre Pandi, the Kamwina Nsapu leader, was killed.

came two months after Kamwina Nsapu launched a bid, in June 2016, for
him to be officially recognised as a local chief and for state bodies to
withdraw from the region. 

The UN says it has identified 10 mass graves where those killed in
the unrest have been buried, as well as another seven suspected mass
burial sites.

Two UN experts, an American and a Swede, were
kidnapped in the area two weeks ago with four Congolese colleagues and
are still missing. 

DR Congo is in a state of increasing political
uncertainty as President Joseph Kabila remains in power beyond the end
of his mandate ,which expired last December.
Elections are now due to be held before the end of this year, but no firm date has been set.

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