M23 rebel group ends insurgency in the DR Congo

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The M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called an end to its 20-month insurgency against the government in Kinshasa.

The announcement follows an earlier statement by the government claiming victory against the M23. A spokesperson said the rebels had surrendered overnight and those that remained has fled across the border into Uganda.

DR Congo special forces led the assault backed by UN tanks and helicopters.
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Rebel military leader Sultani Makenga is believed to have escaped to either Rwanda or Uganda as the army cleared an M23 stronghold of Bunagana.

Fighting broke out in 2012 and close to a million people have been displaced by the conflict.

As the DR Congo launched its final assault African leaders and international envoys met in South Africa and called on both sides to lay down their arms.

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