Congo UN Chief Says Troops Will Turn To Other Groups After Defeat of M23 Rebels

Others left to worry about


KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — After having defeated M23 rebels, Congolese government soldiers and United Nations troops will turn their attention to other armed groups who attack civilians, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the central African country said Wednesday.

Martin Kobler said the Congolese army now has control over all the territory that had been held by M23, whose rebellion began in mineral-rich eastern Congo 19 months ago. On Tuesday, soldiers recaptured the last two hills and M23's president released a statement declaring an end to its armed struggle.

The demise of M23, though, still leaves a number of armed groups blamed for killing and raping civilians.