KINSHASA, Congo – A Congolese army spokesman says the army seized the rebel-held locality of Rumangabo, the fifth town in the country's troubled east to be liberated from the M23 rebels. Over the weekend, Congolese soldiers took back Kiwanja, Rutshuru, Buhumba and Kibumba.
Of the five, Rumangabo is the most important militarily. The town, which the spokesman, Lt. Col. Olivier Hamuli said was seized Monday morning, hosted a major military training camp dating to the time of Congo's ex-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. It's been held for a year by the M23 rebels, which the United Nations alleges are supported by neighboring Rwanda.
An AP reporter who accompanied the government troops said they were met by cheering crowds. The soldiers were facing no resistance.