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Mineral Resources: Army Crackdown

mineral resources: Friday's attack, in which two rebels were also wounded, was a rare frontal assault on UN forces charged with protecting civilians in Congo's east, where dozens of armed groups exploit mineral resources and prey on local residents, according to CBC. UN peacekeepers in the Congo drive into their compound after patrolling the streets during mass protests against President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa last April. UN pushing for investigation in Congo after mass graves found Thirty-four rebels from a Mai-Mai militia have been killed during fighting with Congo's army in the past week, local army spokesperson Jules Ngongo said, a spike in violence he attributed to an army crackdown on the militia's harassment of local residents. Robert Carrubba/Reuters Very early this morning, about 30 Mai-Mai attacked, mission spokesperson Florence Marchal told Reuters, adding that UN forces drove off the assailants. The Mai-Mai comprise a number of armed bands that originally formed to resist Rwandan invasions in the 1990s. It was not immediately clear which Mai-Mai group attacked or what their objective was. ( As reported in the news.