KINSHASA, 26 May 2005 (IRIN) - Two militiamen died on Tuesday during fighting between local Mayi-Mayi militiamen recently integrated into the new national army and members of the Presidential Guard in Kisangani, the provincial capital Orientale, according to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC.
"Disgruntled Mayi-Mayi, who have not been paid for a while, were in the middle of looting when a group of GSSP [Groupe special de la securite presidentielle] surprised them," Thierry Provendier, the MONUC military spokesman said on Wednesday.
The fighting started at about 0130 (1130 GMT) near Kisangani's market, he said. Light and heavy weapons were fired throughout the night.
One presidential guardsman was seriously wounded, UN-supported Radio Okapi reported.