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Congo rebels capture key towns in east as conflict escalates | The Guardian

M23 mutineers advance to within 40km of UN mission HQ and call on Congolese president Joseph Kabila to heed demands

Peter Jones in Bunagana and David Smith in Johannesburg

Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have captured a series of key towns, plunging the vast country into its worst conflict for nearly five years and threatening the credibility of the government and UN peacekeepers.

The mutineers, led by a renegade general sought by the international criminal court, have marched unchecked through swaths of the country’s east, to just 40km from Goma, the capital of North Kivu province and headquarters of the UN mission.

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