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Wed May 06 19:30:04 SAST 2015

Troops cited in 126 rapes

Sapa-dpa | 20 December, 2012 00:06
M23 rebel fighters in Rumangabo. File picture
Image by: JAMES AKENA / REUTERS

THE UN has documented 126 cases of rape in eastern Congo after Congolese soldiers fled advancing M23 rebel troops.

"Nine soldiers from the armed forces have been arrested, two in connection with the rapes and seven in connection with looting," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

The soldiers fled rebel forces who held Goma for more than a week last month before agreeing to withdraw in return for negotiations with the Democratic Republic of Congo government.

The talks, in Uganda, are progressing slowly.

The UN said it had launched an investigation, together with the government, into the rapes. Support for the army units was being reconsidered.

The rebels, most of them former soldiers of Tutsi ethnicity, mutinied this year, citing grievances against the government.

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