UN: 90 Rwandan Rebels Killed In Eastern Congo

Published March 10, 2010

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- A United Nations official says 90 Rwandan rebels have been killed in restive eastern Congo.

Spokesman Madnodje Mounoubai said Wednesday that Hutu rebels from neighboring Rwanda were killed during a two-week Congolese army operation conducted with the support of U.N. peacekeepers.

Mounoubai said that two rebel bases were destroyed and 68 other rebels surrendered.

Hutu rebels are blamed for killing hundreds of villagers in eastern Congo. Rwandan and Congolese troops teamed up last year for a short operation against the rebels.

Eastern Congo has been wracked by violence since Rwanda's 1994 genocide spilled war across the border. Hutu militias who participated in the massacres of more than 500,000 people sought refuge in Congo.

Written by The Associated Press

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