Bloodshed in Burundi

The United Nations envoy to Congo says at least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces near the Burundi border.

Maman Sidikou says he is “deeply shocked” at the violence, adding that Congolese security forces allegedly fired indiscriminately on protesters.

He says another 117 people were injured and one Congolese officer was also killed.

Sidikou says in a statement that the clashes erupted in Kamanyola in Congo’s South Kivu province when Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers protested the expulsion of four of their countrymen from Congo. The death of the Congolese army officer led to “the escalation of violence.”

He calls for a swift investigation.