Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Melania’s jacket: What did it mean?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Read more

THE DEBATE

Zero Tolerance: Does Border Security Trump Compassion?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Let's become French!

Read more

FOCUS

Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

Read more

FASHION

Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's Pelagos sanctuary, a haven for whales and dolphins

Read more

#THE 51%

Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

Read more

#TECH 24

Motorsport innovation

Read more

Africa

DR Congo announces 'total victory' over M23 rebels

© AFP

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2013-11-05

M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday they would end their insurgency, hours after the country's communications minister declared "total victory" over the rebellion following a final government offensive on their strongholds.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday that it had achieved "total victory" over M23 rebels, but the army declined to give immediate confirmation.

"The last elements of the M23 have abandoned their positions in Runyonyi and Chanzu under pressure from FARDC (government forces) who have just entered there," said the country's communications minister and government spokesman in a text message received by AFP in Kiwanja, a town near the fighting.

He was referring to two hilltop positions about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of regional capital Goma, where dozens of rebels had dug in.

Contacted by AFP, General Lucien Bahuma, army commander in Nord Kivu province, was more cautious, saying: "I cannot confirm that for the moment."

Another Congolese army officer said he heard that "the M23 had scarpered".

"They burned 42 vehicles and their munitions depots, they took off in all directions, each for himself and God for all," he said, adding that "the fighting had lasted all night".

On Monday the UN special force in eastern DR Congo joined in direct combat with the besieged M23 rebels, throwing its weight behind the Congolese army's crushing assault launched late last month in a bid to finally end the rebellion.

(AFP)

A conflict fuelled by natural wealth

 

Date created : 2013-11-05

  • DR CONGO

    DR Congo rebels chased from strongholds, UN says

    Read more

  • DR CONGO

    DR Congo's army 'attacks' last areas held by M23 rebels

    Read more

  • DR CONGO

    DR Congo rejects M23 rebels ceasefire offer

    Read more

COMMENT(S)