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Congo army takes M23 rebel stronghold

October 30, 2013
Associated Press

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese officials say the army has recaptured one of the M23 rebels' last remaining strongholds.

Julien Paluku, the governor of North Kivu province, said Wednesday that Bunagana was back in the hands of the military.

Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende also confirmed the fall of Bunagana.

The Associated Press was not able to reach the town and it was not immediately possible to independently verify their claim.

Mende also called on Ugandan authorities to turn over a top M23 leader who crossed into Uganda earlier Wednesday.

Bertrand Bisimwa, the civilian head of the M23 rebel movement, was believed to be heading to the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

The U.N. refugee agency says more than 10,000 people have fled the recent clashes in eastern Congo, crossing over into Uganda.



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