DR Congo

Mine explodes relief workers' vehicle headed to Zaire

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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- A bus full of relief workers hit a land mine as it traveled to a camp for Rwandan refugees in eastern Zaire, killing two people and injuring 34, relief groups said Sunday.
The victims of the Saturday morning explosion near Goma were Zairians working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said group spokesman Lars Naes. The bus was headed for Kibumba camp, where the federation has been helping 200,000 refugees.

Three of those injured had to have both legs amputated, federation officials said in a statement from the agency's headquarters in Geneva.

It was not known who was responsible for laying the mine.

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