Congo army kills leader of splinter Hutu militia group

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Army troops in Congo have killed rebel leader Juvenal Musabimana, alongside four of his bodyguards during a weekend operation in the restive east of the country.

Musabimana led a splinter group of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an offshoot of a Hutu militia who fled Rwanda after orchestrating the 1994 genocide.

A Congolese army spokesman, Guillaume Njike said the rebel leader, who was also known by his nom de guerre Jean-Michel Africa, was killed following an intense firefight in Binza, North Kivu, near the Ugandan border.

This is coming two months after the killing of the leader of another FDLR commander, Sylvestre Mudacumura, in September.

According to the United Nations, about 800,000 people were killed in the bloodbath which led to the creation of the FDLR by Rwandan Hutu refugees.

The FDLR has also been a source of friction between Rwanda and Uganda in the last year. Rwanda accused Uganda in March of supporting the FDLR and another Congo-based rebel group opposed to the Rwandan government. Uganda denied the allegations.

 




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