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U.N., Congo troops capture town from militia

U.N. and Congolese troops on Saturday captured a base used by a militia gang, killing about 30 gunmen in an operation aimed at restoring security to a volatile eastern province, the U.N. said. The capture of Nioka, 80 km (50 miles) north east of Bunia, was the result of a joint operation lasting several days by 300 Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers and 1,500 government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province. U.N. helicopter gunships backed the ground troops. “This morning at dawn, MONUC (U.N.) forces and the Congolese government army launched an attack on the town of Nioka, and gained control,” Major Hans-Jakob Reichen, a military spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force, told Reuters. “About 30 gunmen have been killed in the combat,” he added. Full Story

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