Burundi rebel group in DRC neutralized

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Stephane Dujarric. UNPHOTO/Jean-Marc Ferré

Operations launched against a Burundian armed group based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been "successful", the head of MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the country has announced.

The FNL or the National Liberation Forces is a rebel group active in Uvira territory in South Kivu province near the border with Burundi.

Congolese troops backed by MONUSCO's attack helicopters and the Force Intervention Brigade took control of the FNL rebel groups' main bases in the area.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Head of the Mission, Martin Kobler, said that this joint action was a strong signal for all armed groups, including the FDLR, to choose peace and surrender. The UN Mission's Force Commander ad interim, Major General Jean Baillaud, said that the successful operation was a clear demonstration of the joint capacity of the Congolese Army and MONUSCO forces, and of their shared determination to neutralize all armed groups in the country."

FNL is a Burundian rebel group originally formed in 1985 as the military wing of a political group led by the majority Hutu ethnic group, the largest in the country.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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