Heavy fighting breaks out in eastern DRC

2012-10-29 07:31

Goma - Government troops and unidentified rebel forces clashed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday, military officials said.

Heavy weapons fire could be heard after 21:00 at Sake in North Kivu region, about 30km west of the city of Goma, officials and residents said.

A regional military official confirmed the fighting to AFP but could not identify the rebels.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The M23 rebel group controls part of the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east.

Army tanks left Goma for Sake late in the evening.

The M23 was formed in May by former fighters in an ethnic Tutsi rebel group that was integrated into the military under a 2009 peace deal whose terms the mutineers claim were never fully implemented.

It controls a part of North Kivu's Rutshuru territory, and has been accused of human rights violations by the United Nations and activists.

The group denies those accusations.

  • canibus.nelis - 2012-10-29 09:25

    SA is comin hang on

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-29 10:09

      Spread your arms wiiide to welcome the new wave of Democratic Congolese refugees.

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-10-29 18:42

    Lets see who will bail Joseph Kabila out since Mugabe's army is fighting for his vote in rural Zimbabwe. Kabila shd be kicked out. A country's business is not a family business.

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-29 19:13

    Firstly let those countries supporting M23 be sanctioned because they have got no right to support any group in a nother country to stabilise them while their countries are in peace, AU must do their work or otherwise UN vote for sanctions for those countries supporting M23, by stopping selling weapons to those countries and then all members of M23 face the mighty of law at the Hague for crimes they are commiting in DRC.

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