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Congo Rebels Leave Bukavu, Two UN Troops Killed

Hundreds of renegade troops pulled out of Congo’s border town of Bukavu Sunday, but the killing of two U.N. peacekeepers in a nearby city raised fears of fresh violence in the vast country’s lawless east. Under pressure to withdraw from the U.N. and international mediators, hundreds of fighters loyal to dissident commander General Laurent Nkunda headed north of Bukavu Sunday, although U.N. peacekeepers on the ground remained cautious. “We will monitor the movement very closely because he (Nkunda) made a similar commitment on this which he did not respect,” said U.N. spokesman Sebastien Lapierre in Bukavu. U.N. and Congolese military officials said two South African peacekeepers had been shot dead Sunday after their convoy was ambushed just outside Goma, some 80 miles north of Bukavu and also on the border with Rwanda. Full Story

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