Two UN officials kidnapped in DR Congo

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‘Two UN officials of American and Swedish nationality have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai Central Province.

Government officials identified the UN officials as Michael Sharp of the United States and Zahida Katalan of Sweden. They said the kidnappers have not yet been identified.

Sharp and Katalan were among a UN panel of experts investigating conflicts that have simmered in the DRC since the mid-1990s, when a civil war spawned dozens of armed groups and drew in half a dozen neighboring armies.

“They were kidnapped at a bridge over the Moyo River and taken to the forest by unknown assailants,” Congolese government spokesman, Lambert Mende, told AFP on Monday.’

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