Democratic Republic of Congo soldier sits on an army tank outside the eastern city of Goma on November 19, 2012. The city was reportedly siezed by M23 rebels with very little resistance., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Congo army claims it has regained control of Kibumba in east of country
Published October 26, 2013
KINSHASA, CONGO – A Congolese official says the army has regained control of the strategic town of Kibumba, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the provincial capital of Goma, in eastern Congo.
Congolese army spokesman Lt. Col. Olivier Hamuli said by phone Saturday that the army gained full control of Kibumba Saturday afternoon. He said the M23 rebels retreated in armed vehicles toward the border with Rwanda.
The M23 could not be reached for comment and The Associated Press was not able to reach the fighting.
The fighting broke out early Friday. Each side blames the other for the failure of high-level peace talks in the Ugandan capital.
The M23 launched its rebellion against the government last year and briefly seized Goma, a city of 1 million people.