DW: Scores of policemen killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Forty-two police officers have been decapitated by a Congolese militia group after the officers' vehicles were ambushed. The country's Kasai region has seen seven months of severe violence amid local power struggles.
Members of the Kamwena Nsapu militia were behind the attack on a convoy of two police trucks in the DRC's Kasia Central province, a local official said.
The attack between the cities of Tshikapa and Kananga occurred on Friday, according to Kasai Assembly President Francois Kalamba.
Local reports said many of the officers were decapitated and others were shot dead.
Six policemen were released because they spoke the local Tshiluba language, he said.
The militia fighters, who are often armed with machetes but rarely carry firearms, made off with weapons and vehicles during the raid, Kalamba added.
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Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in Congo ambush -- Reuters
Militia decapitates 40 police officers in Democratic Republic of Congo ambush, officials say -- ABC News Online
Kamwina Nsapu militia kill 40 policemen in DR Congo -- Al Jazeera
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