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DR Congo army capture last M23 rebel stronghold

DR Congo army capture last M23 rebel stronghold
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Government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have seized control of Bunagana town, the last and main M23 rebel stronghold.

There were large celebrations in the streets as troops entered the eastern border town without firing a shot – a new success in their week long offensive to crush a 20-month insurgency.

The M23 launched a rebellion in April last year. The group, widely believed to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda, is made up of army deserters who say they are fighting for the rights of the minority Tutsi ethnic group.

One senior figure in the M23 says their withdrawal is down to diplomatic pressure rather than military defeats.

Either way, delegations from both sides are now holding talks in Uganda despite events on the ground.

Since peace talks stalled last week, more than 10,000 people have fled Congo in fear of a fresh outbreak of fighting.