Fresh Attacks in DRC Leave 19 Dead
Two days of clashes between rebel fighters and Congo’s army near the eastern city of Goma have killed at least 19 people, threatening an uneasy six-month peace,New York Times reports
The fighting is the first since November, when rebel troops routed Congo’s army and seized Goma, despite the presence of thousands of United Nations peacekeepers.
Fighting continued for a second day Tuesday near Congo’s eastern provincial capital of Goma, officials said.
A Congolese military spokesman Col. Olivier Hamuli said that the fighting in the village of Mutaho, 10 kilometres (6 miles) northeast of Goma, broke out early Tuesday after M23 rebels tried to take back positions lost to the army in fighting on Monday. In an effort to surround the rebels, he said that the Congolese army had opened a second front in Kanyaruchinya, 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of Goma.