UN: 90 Rwandan rebels killed in eastern Congo

According to UN officials, at least 90 Rwandese Hutu rebels have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of  Congo, following a UN-backed offensive launched by the Congolese army late last month. According to Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesman for the UN force MONUC, the Hutu rebels from neighboring Rwanda were killed during a two-week Congolese army operation conducted with the support of UN peacekeepers.

Mounoubai reported in his Wednesday statement that two operations have been completed at Kashebere andMayengara, with the following results: on the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda) side, 23 killed, 40 surrendered and two rebel bases destroyed in North-Kivu.

The spokesman further stated that in neighbouring South-Kivu province, four operations have been achieved, with 67 FDLR killed, 28 surrendered and 47 weapons recovered. However, he failed to disclose any information on the casualties on Congolese side.