>> Local activists say soldiers and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have killed dozens of Burundian refugees during protests over a government plan to deport some back to their homeland. Reuters found 30 bodies on the scene after the incident on friday, but couldn't verify how they died.
Many more people were lying wounded in the street. One activist said the security forces opened fire when protestors seized a weapon and killed a soldier. They were trying to free compatriots who had been arrested, the activist said, although other sources couldn't confirm. And the local army spokesman, says the refugees were armed with knives and machetes, but claimed he didn't know if there were deaths on either side.
A UN spokesperson said many took shelter in a nearby peacekeeper base. More than 400,000 have fled Burundi in the last two years, in a violence that's killed at least 700 people according to the UN. It believes crimes against humanity may have been orchestrated there. This man says refugees in the DRC were given few options.
> Burundi's violence was sparked two years ago, after its president said he would seek a third term in office.
A move opponents said was unconstitutional and threatened to upend a 2005 peace deal that ended 12 years of ethnic civil war. Burundi's main opposition group has accused that country's army, along with the youth wing of the ruling party, of aiding the Congolese in Friday's killings.