A police officer was killed by stone-throwing protesters and a protester wass shot dead in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday at anti-government demonstrations, a United Nations human rights official said.
Two others were injured by gunfire, according to José Maria Aranaz, director of the U.N.’s Congo-based Joint Human Rights Office.
Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators as tensions rise over the timing of the next election.
President Joseph Kabila’s opponents are concerned that he will not step down in December, the end of his second term.
A presidential election is due in November, but this could be delayed.
Earlier this month the Constitutional Court ruled that the president could stay in power if no election took place.