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Journalist Killed Covering Military Operations In Eastern Congo

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JOURNALIST KINSHASA CONGO
In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 photo, journalists are detained by police after covering a protest that followed the burning of an opposition party office in Kinshasa, Congo. Journalists in Congo are being shot at, hacked with machetes, beaten up by police officers and illegally detained. Life for reporters has become ever more dangerous as tensions rise ahead of presidential and legislative elections scheduled in November. (AP Photo/John Bompengo) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Colleagues say a journalist covering military operations in eastern Congo has been killed in an ambush.

Jacques Kikuni, head of the Muungano radio station, said 30-year-old Germain Kennedy Muliwavyo died after being shot in the head and stomach during Saturday's ambush 60 kilometers outside of Beni. Two other journalists were injured but are expected to survive. Hospital officials confirmed the death and injuries.

Kikuni said the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group, which was formed in the 1990s by Ugandan Muslims who felt sidelined by the policies of Uganda's president.

The rebels have been blamed for a December attack that killed at least 21 people.

Congo's government spokesman said Friday the army had killed more than 200 ADF rebels in a recent offensive.

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