Congolese rebels seize Goma, take airport

2012-11-21 06:34

Goma – A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda has seized the strategic provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo, home to more than one million people as well as an international airport in a development that threatens to spark a new regional war, officials and witnesses said.

Thousands of residents fled across the border to Rwanda, the much-smaller nation to the east which is accused of funnelling arms and recruits to the M23 rebels.

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