Eight killed in eastern Congo attacks - witnesses

Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:28pm GMT

* Rwandan Hutu rebels attack overnight, witnesses say

* Eight killed, including five children

By Joe Bavier

KINSHASA, April 18 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed and hundreds of homes set ablaze in two overnight attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by Rwandan Hutu rebels, witnesses said on Saturday.

Residents of Luofu, a town 180 km (110 miles) north of the eastern town of Goma, said rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) set fire to more than 250 homes in what they believed was a reprisal attack.

"The FDLR came last night, lots and lots of them. They burned nearly the entire village. We counted around 255 houses burned and we counted seven people killed, including five children," said Luofu village chief Emmanuel Murindu.

"The five children burned inside their house," he told Reuters, adding that the police chief was seriously wounded.

The local FDLR commander told Reuters on Saturday the rebels were not in the area when the attack happened.   Continued...

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