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Thu, 03 May 2012 11:50 - Updated Thu, 03 May 2012 11:49

Ex-rebel chief Ntaganda behind clashes: DR Congo governor


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NORD-KIVU - A top Congolese official on Wednesday said ex-rebel leader Jean Bosco Ntaganda would be tried for recent clashes between the army and forces loyal to the general in the country's restive east.

"The Congolese government has asked me to communicate the following - everything that is happening currently in Masisi is under the responsibility of General Bosco Ntaganda and he should be sought for that," said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord-Kivu, where the Masisi region is located.

"If our units catch hold of him, he will have to answer for all his actions before Congolese jurisdictions," the governor said, adding that even if it takes "a war" to do so, "we will do it."

"We have established a link between Bosco Ntaganda and the FDLR," he said, referring to the rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a major source of instability in the region.

Ntaganda told AFP on Tuesday that he was "not involved in the clashes pitting the FARDC (regular army) against the soldiers who defected."

The Ntaganda-led National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) rebel group was integrated into the Congolese national army in 2009 following a peace deal.