DRCongo rebels seize Kitchanga, 80 dead: UN

Updated 04 March 2013
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DRCongo rebels seize Kitchanga, 80 dead: UN

UNITED NATIONS: A rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seized control of the eastern town of Kitchanga after days of fighting that have left more than 80 people dead, the UN said on Monday.
The Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo, or APCLS, took the town in North Kivu province Sunday and the situation there remains very tense, said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo Buey.
Besides the fatalities, approximately 100 people have been wounded in the clashes, he added.
More than 300 displaced persons have sought refuge near a UN peacekeeping base, he added.
The APCLS is a longstanding militia in the region which made its name battling the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in the 1990s when wars in DR Congo and neighboring countries left millions dead.
Kitchanga is in the Masisi region of North Kivu, close to where the army and UN peacekeepers are in a showdown with the M23 group.
The unrest comes a week after the signing of a UN-brokered peace deal signed by 11 African nations, including DR Congo, aimed at bringing security to a mineral-rich region ravaged by fighting for two decades.


Somalia’s Al-Shabab storm military base in country’s south, kill 27 soldiers

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Somalia’s Al-Shabab storm military base in country’s south, kill 27 soldiers

  • The base is some 50 km (31 miles) away from the port city of Kismayu
  • Al Shabab attacked the same base in June, wounding seven soldiers

MOGADISHU: Somalia’s Al-Shabab group said on Monday its fighters had attacked a military base in the south of the country, killing 27 soldiers.
“We first attacked the base with a suicide car bomb and then stormed. We killed 27 soldiers and took the base. Some soldiers fled into the jungles,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al-Shabab’s military operation spokesman said.
The base is some 50 km (31 miles) away from the port city of Kismayu. There was no immediate comment from government official on the attack.
Al Shabab fights to topple Somalia’s central government and impose its a rule based on its own strict interpretation of Islam’s Sharia law.
Al Shabab attacked the same base in June, wounding seven soldiers.