People stand near the Kasai river as the traffic on the river has been slowed down due to insecurity, at the port of Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo on July 28, 2017. / AFP / Junior D. KANNAH
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U.N. human rights investigators have issued a new report documenting the killings of more than 250 people, including 62 children, in central Congo over three recent months that could turn into "wider ethnic cleansing".It decried alleged violence involving a new militia, Bana Mura, backed by Congolese security officials.Violence in the Kasai region by the Kamwina Nsapu militia erupted last August with the killing of a regional tribal leader who had defied the government of President Joseph Kabila.Based on the accounts from people who fled between March and June, the report counted 251 killings, attributing 150 of them to the Bana Mura and another 79 to the Kamwina Nsapu.
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