Rwandan rebels killed in DRC

Goma. — Seven Rwandan rebels have been killed and at least 20 captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a government offensive that has widened to include swathes of the country’s southeast, authorities said yesterday.“Since the start of the operation four FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) have been killed in North Kivu and three in South Kivu,” said government spokesman Lambert Mende.

After weeks of delay DR Congo launched a fresh offensive Tuesday against rebels active in the restive North and South Kivu provinces in the country’s east.

Hutu rebels have been active in the area since older members of the movement first fled across the border from Rwanda in 1994. — AFP.