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Journalist shot and killed in eastern Congo

world Updated: Nov 25, 2008 14:20 IST

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UN officials say a Congolese journalist working for a UN radio station has been shot and killed outside his home in unstable eastern Congo.

UN spokesman Madnodje Mounoubai says reporter Didace Namujimbo was shot in the back of the neck on Friday night as he walked to his home in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province. The circumstances of the killing are similar to the 2007 murder of another Radio Okapi journalist killed in Bukavu, Serge Maheshe. Namujimbo had reported on current affairs for Radio Okapi for nearly three years.

He was 34 and leaves a wife and two children.

Bukavu has been relatively calm in recent weeks while violence surged in the neighboring North Kivu province where rebel leader Laurent Nkunda launched an offensive.