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Fear in east DR Congo after rebels battle

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 01:24

May 9 - The Congolese army says it has expelled rebel fighters from a frontline village in the Masisi region, but residents there remain fearful. Simon Hanna reports.

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Tension presides over the region of Masisi in the Democratic Republic of Congo after clashes between government troops and rebel fighters. The army says they routed General Bosco Ntaganda and his rebels, and is trying to reassure villagers that the fighting is over. Government forces displayed weapons and ammunition that they say was left behind by the rebels when they fled. But villagers say they are still afraid, and the situation remains tense. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MASISI ADMINISTRATOR, KAURWA MUZINGU: "We are afraid and all the people are in fear because Ntagnda with his group were being pursued. We don't know where he is, he disappeared, we don't know where he is hiding. The army is scattered in the forest so the population is worried. Tomorrow or the day after, he could come back, because we know what has happened before with the army." General Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges he recruited children to fight in a bloody ethnic conflict in north-eastern Congo. Congolese president Joseph Kabila previously resisted calls for his arrest, saying Ntaganda was a lynchpin in a fragile peace deal that integrated his fighters. But he announced in mid April that he would try to arrest the renegade general as requested by the ICC. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Fear in east DR Congo after rebels battle

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 01:24