HEADLINE: Rwandan troops arrest Congo’s top rebel
CAPTION: In a stunning reversal of alliances, Rwandan troops captured Congo’s most powerful rebel leader, a longtime ally who the Congolese government says was at the heart of years of war in the east, officials said Friday. (Jan. 24)
Rwandan troops are being cheered in Congo following the arrest of Congo’s most power rebel leader.
The arrest of Laurent Nkunda (luh-RAWN’ un-KOON’-duh) is a shocking move by Rwanda. Nkunda is a former Rwandan ally who Congo blames for years of war in the country’s east.
The surprise arrest is a result of a deal between former enemies Congo and Rwanda. The move is getting overseas applause, including from the new Obama administration.
SOT Robert Wood State Dept spokesman His removal is a welcome step on the road to peace. He has caused nothing but havoc for the people of Congo and frankly for the people of the region, so he has been causing havoc for far too long.”
The region has been mired in conflict since Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Congo says it hopes Rwanda will extradite Nkunda to Congo for trial.
Residents in the country’s east say they hope the arrest will lead to a new peaceful era in the region.
SOT “I am very, very, very glad for that. My heart is very glad for that, to catch Mr Nkunda.”
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