Civilians attack 4 UN compounds in eastern Congo

GOMA, Congo (AP) -- U.N. officials say four of their compounds in eastern Congo have come under attack by thousands of civilians throwing rocks.

The civilians are venting their outrage at the organization's inability to protect them from rebel forces advancing on the provincial capital of Goma.

A U.N. official says peacekeepers opened fire at one downtown office, and that people may have been injured. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

People in eastern Congo are angry that a 17,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force has been unable to protect them from a rebel attack just 25 miles north of Goma.

Rebels have seized an army base and the headquarters of a refuge for some of the world's last mountain gorillas.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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