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Congo Government Loyalists Say Capture Rebel Base

Militia loyal to the Congolese government captured the main base used by rebels waging an uprising in the east of the country after a week-long offensive by government troops, a militia commander said Monday. But rebels loyal to General Laurent Nkunda, a dissident army officer who launched the rebellion in May, denied that the pro-government militia had driven them out of their headquarters in the lakeside town of Minova. Government troops have been advancing north from the city of Bukavu for the past week, aiming to crush the rebellion that has sharpened tensions in the volatile region of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The commander of the pro-government militia force — known as Mai Mai — in the area said they had taken Minova, which lies about 120 km (75 miles) north of Bukavu, Sunday, although there was no way to immediately verify the report. Full Story

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