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DR Congo army captures 400 Rwandan armed rebels

Some rebels surrender, others captured in house-to house raids

AA   | 19.12.2019
DR Congo army captures 400 Rwandan armed rebels file photo

ANKARA 

The Democratic Republic of Congo army has captured more than 400 members of a Rwandan rebel group in South Kivu province, local media reported Thursday.

Some members of the Conseil National pour la Renaissance et la Démocratie (CNRD) surrendered while others were captured in house-to-house raids in the two areas of Kabare and Walungu, Rwanda’s New Times website reported.

The CNRD is a breakaway faction of the Congo-based Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is reportedly led by former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu and Hotel Rwanda movie star Paul Rusesabagina, who live in Belgium and the U.S. respectively.

Congolese forces launched operations against armed groups in the eastern part of the country at the end of October.

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