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Rwanda Arrests Laurent Nkunda

by Nelima

Just wanted to share this news with those of you who have been following the tragedy in the Congo, for which Nkunda bears some responsibility. What are your reactions?

According to the BBC;

Gen Laurent Nkunda, the leader of the main rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says.

He was arrested as he fled into Rwanda while trying to resist a joint Rwandan-Congolese military operation, the operation’s joint command said.

Gen Nkunda is being detained in Rwanda, and is expected to be handed over to Congolese authorities soon, the BBC’s Karen Allen reports from Goma in DR Congo’s North Kivu province.

The CNDP launched a major offensive in August, which displaced more than a quarter of a million people in North Kivu and raised fears of a wider regional war.

Gen Nkunda and his group says they are fighting to protect the Tutsi community from attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels based in DR Congo, some of whom are accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide.

The other side to the story;

However, others see the CNDP as a Rwandan proxy and the biggest reason why DR Congo is yet to benefit from landmark elections in 2006 intended to draw a line under decades of conflict.

Human rights group have accused CNDP forces, along with those of the government, of numerous killings, rapes and torture.

Read the story in its entirety here.


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