Trade in a Ugandan border town has ground to a halt over businesspeople striking in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, fearful of a Ugandan rebel group killing civilians, a Ugandan website reported Wednesday.

In Kasindi, in DR Congo, which borders Mpondwe-Lhubiriha, Uganda, Congolese traders have closed their shops to express their solidarity with their fellow Congolese in the city of Beni, some 55 kilometers (34 miles) northwest, who are protesting what they call the UN failure to protect them from rebel attacks carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Monitor news website reported Wednesday.

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