facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Gov.: 150 rebels killed in DR Congo clash

Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM   |   Comments

KIBUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- More than 150 M23 rebel soldiers have died in two days of fighting with Democratic Republic of Congo troops backed by U.N. forces, a regional governor said.

Two government soldiers also were killed in the clashes in the village of Kibumba, about 19 miles north of the regional capital of Goma, the BBC reported Friday.

North Kivu province Gov. Julien Paluku said rebels have claimed to be on the verge of capturing Goma but the city would not fall.

Thousands of people have fled the region because of the fighting, Paluku said.

The clashes are the worst since July, observers said.

Rwanda and Uganda have denied U.N. allegations that they are backing the rebels, also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army.

M23 is comprised of soldiers who mutinied from the DR Congo army in April.

An estimated 500,000 people have been displaced since fighting began.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Mayor of L.A. suburb shot, killed inside home Mayor of L.A. suburb shot, killed inside home
3
Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces
4
Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning
5
Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event
Trending News
x
Feedback