Militia violence shuts gold mine in DR Congo

Fighting between the Congolese army and a local militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced a gold mine to suspend all operations and temporarily evacuate its staff.

A statement from Banro Corp said 23 trucks belonging to a contractor of the mine were caught in cross-fire between soldiers and a local self-defence militia, identified by the army as Mai-Mai near the town of Lulimba.

“The drivers of the trucks were all safe but the militiamen have not yet cleared the release of the trucks,” Banro said.

BBC/Sammie Idika