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DRC-Rwanda battle against Hutu militias nears end

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A top military official says a joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation to rout out Hutu militias will be finished by the end of the month.

A top military official says a joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation to rout out Hutu militias will be finished by the end of the month.

In January, Rwanda sent thousands of troops across the border into Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The two central African neighbours put aside their long-term animosity to conduct a joint offensive to disarm Rwandan Hutu militias suspected of atrocities during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

The Hutu militias had fled to eastern DRC.

DRC president Joseph Kabila has said the Rwandan troops must leave by the end of February. Rwandan troops are deeply unpopular after occupying eastern DRC from 1998 to 2002 along with Uganda.

Lieutenant General John Numbi said on Wednesday the joint offensive already has achieved most of its goals.—Sapa

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