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Rwanda ditches its man in the Congo

By Ben Simon  

In the dock: Laurent Nkunda

Many will have been surprised to have learned of the Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda’s arrest last Thursday; most of all probably Nkunda himself. He was arrested late on Thursday night in a joint operation involving Congolese and Rwandan troops, and is being held in Gisenyi, a resort town on Lake Kivu bordering Goma, a city he nearly captured just a few months ago.

There are many versions of the story surrounding his capture. The Congolese army announced that he was arrested in…

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