DR Congo

DR Congo rebels take town in new offensive

By Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan reports

Rebel forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have broken a ceasefire and seized another town.

UN peacekeepers are reporting the rebels have taken the town of Nyanzale after forcing government soldiers to flee.

The assault is another sign that the fragile ceasefire in North Kivi province is disintegrating. Thousands of people have fled renewed fighting in the area of the past few days.

In the town of Kiwanja residents accuse rebels of murdering civilians after waging a two day battle against government soldiers.

The rebels are demanding talks with the Congolese government. A regional summit will be held in Kenya later today to try to find an end to the conflict.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation