UN mission admits deadly shooting in Congo border post

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The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has admitted its troops killed people during a gun battle on the border with Uganda.
The head of the mission says soldiers were returning from leave when they opened fire at a border crossing.
The violence came just days after three peacekeepers and 15 protesters were killed during anti-UN demonstrations in North Kivu province.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN under-secretary-general for peace operations, visited Congo on Saturday, where he held talks with Congolese authorities aimed at avoiding a recurrence of the tragic incidents.
The UN mission in Congo is facing criticism for its perceived ineffectiveness at stopping fighting in the volatile east.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports.

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