DR Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda arrested

January 23rd, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Kinshasa (DR Congo), Jan 23 (Xinhua) Laurent Nkunda, Tutsi rebel leader of the National Council for the Defence of the People (CNDP) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), has been arrested, a statement from a joint Rwandan-DR Congo military operation said Friday. The statement said Nkunda was captured Thursday evening when he was fleeing to neighbouring Rwanda.

About 1,500 Rwandan troops were reported in DR Congo Tuesday, joining in a long-planned military operation to knock out the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

The operation is part of a plan by African countries to restore peace and stability in the DR Congo.

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