Congo rebel group says army strikes kill civilians

Congo Fighting

GOMA, Congo (AP) — The president of the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo says army helicopters struck civilians near a rebel camp 25 miles north of Goma, a claim that was corroborated by a resident.

Bertrand Bisimwa said Wednesday the attack on the Rumangabo camp killed five civilians, but his claim could not be verified. The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the attack resulted in civilian and military casualties but could not provide figures.

Fighting resumed last week between the government and M23, a rebel group that formed last year and briefly captured Goma, the area’s most important city, last November.

Both sides have been accused of rights abuses in recent fighting.

Army spokesman Col. Olivier Hamuli confirmed Rumangabo had been attacked, calling the camp “strategic.”

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