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SA arrest 19 suspected DRC rebels

Africa

Limpopo - Police arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels, including two senior members of the M23 group, on suspicion of running an illegal military operation.

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The group was arrested in Limpopo after an investigation by a crime intelligence unit, police said, without providing further details.

A separate law enforcement official said they were members of the M23 rebels that have carved out a fiefdom in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, dragging the region back into war and displacing an estimated half a million people.

The M23 rebels, who launched their offensive after accusing President Joseph Kabila of reneging on the terms of a March 2009 peace agreement, have since broadened their goals to include removal of Kabila and “liberation” of the entire Congo.

The 19 are expected to appear in a court in Pretoria to face a charge under Foreign Military Assistance act, police said in a statement. - Reuters

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