Six dead as rioters storm UN HQ in Congo

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Six people have died during riots in the Democratic Republic of Congo that saw a mob storm the United Nations headquarters in the country's east.

Demonstrators on Monday forced their way into the building in the city of Goma after local officials called for demonstrations against the mission.

Rioters destroyed or stole furniture before being dispersed by security forces using tear gas and gunfire, eyewitnesses told dpa.

Local civil society organisations said six people were killed.

Police in North Kivu province told dpa that the attackers were criminals who had used the demonstration for their own purposes.

President Felix Tshisekedi's party and civil society organisations had called for the demonstration in Goma after the president of the Senate, Modeste Bahati, called on the UN's MONUSCO mission to leave Congo in mid-July.

MONUSCO has been stationed in north-eastern Congo for more than 20 years, in an attempt to shore up peace in the country despite the presence of some 130 different armed groups vying for control of DRC's vast natural wealth, which includes copper, cobalt, gold and diamonds.

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