Fears violence in DRC could rise

Analysts have warned the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo could escalate, after the last...

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Analysts have warned the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo could escalate, after the last remaining rebel group there claimed it had ousted its leader, General Laurent Nkunda.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Some members of the group insisted Nkunda was still in control adding the rival who challenged his authority would be charged with high treason.

Nkunda had headed the ethnic Tutsi rebel movement in that country since its establishment in 2006.

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“The other concern is also that this maybe or this could be some campaign driven by the Congolese government to discredit General Nkunda,” said Military analyst at the Institute for Security Studies, Henry Boshoff.