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Fighting flares again in eastern Congo

Fighting flares again in eastern Congo

Fighting erupted in eastern Congo on Wednesday between forces loyal to a dissident general and government troops, killing at least 19 people, a U.N. official said.
Clashes between forces allied to general-turned-warlord Laurent Nkunda and government troops flared after a period of relative calm in recent weeks.
Nkunda's forces attacked army positions, said Lt. Col. Didier Rancher, spokesman for the U.N. force, and U.N. peacekeepers had intervened to end the clashes.
Congo is home to the world's largest U.N. peacekeeping force, with a force of 17,500 helping to maintain security as the country works toward democratic government after decades of dictatorship and war.
In early December, the country installed its first democratically elected president, Joseph Kabila, in more than 40 years. Kabila, the son of slain Congo leader Laurent Kabila, won the election after leading a transitional government composed of former warring factions.
Although a peace deal ended the broader war, the government has struggled to gain control of the east, which has been periodically wracked by violence from Congolese militiamen as well as Rwandan rebels who fled the 1994 genocide.
Nkunda quit Congo's army and launched a low-level rebellion after the war ended, charging that the transition to democracy has excluded its minority Tutsi community. He controls thousands of fighters.


Updated : 2021-03-02 04:13 GMT+08:00