DR Congo army says M23 rebels allied with Hutu FDLR
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Two rebel groups active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or
Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
restive east, the M23 and FDLR, have formed an alliance and clashed with the country's military, an army front man said Wednesday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Olivier Hamuli said the M23, a rebel group formed by army mutineers who have been battling with their former colleagues and sowing terror in the east, had teamed up with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in a bid to gain more territory in the region.
"Clashes began on Wednesday morning. These are M23 elements allied with the FDLR," Hamuli said. "They were fought off."
The M23 was formed in April by former fighters in the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), an ethnic Tutsi rebel group that was integrated into the army under a 2009 peace deal whose terms the mutineers claim were never fully implemented.
The FDLR's members are ethnic Hutus who were soldiers in the Rwandan army before being forced out of the country in the wake of the 1994 genocide, which killed 800,000 people -- mostly Tutsis.
M23 front man Vianney Kazarama denied that the group had formed an alliance with the FDLR.
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