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Rebels and Congo army clash

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 - 01:03

Oct. 25 - The UN says it is assessing the situation after heavy fighting broke out between M23 rebels and government troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Congo's M23 rebels clashed with government troops for the first time in nearly two months on Friday , and neighboring Rwanda said Congolese army shells had landed on its territory. The clash came days after peace talks broke down in the Ugandan capital Kampala. General Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, said the rebels came under attack at 4 a.m. local time on Friday at Kanyamohoro, around 15 km (10 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Congolese army General Lucien Bahuma said M23 fighters had attacked first and fighting was continuing. The Rwandan army said via Twitter the Congolese army had fired three shells and small arms into Rubavu district, just over the border from Goma and close to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. In late August, Rwanda accused Congolese troops of shelling its territory and the tensions between the two neighbors raised fears of a regional conflict. The fighting was intense and continuous on Friday morning as Congolese army troops bombarded rebel positions with heavy artillery.

Rebels and Congo army clash

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 - 01:03

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