DR Congo gov't denounces Al-Shabaab presence in North Kivu   2013-07-05 19:57:47            

KINSHASA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The Somalian mercenaries allied to the Al-Shabaab terrorist group have joined the Uganda rebel ADF/ NALU in North Kivu province to destabilize the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), according to the government.

At a press conference held Thursday in Kinshasa, capital of the DR Congo, government spokesman Lambert Mende said there were "clear indications of the presence of Somali mercenaries fighting alongside the Allied Democratic Forces/National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF/NALU) rebels in North Kivu province."

"Measures have been taken to put to an end this criminal partnership of people who come from outside to destabilize our country and to expand the circle of influence of international terrorism," he said.

He gave an assurance that the DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC), working closely with the UN intervention brigade, will manage to defeat the terrorist threat.

On June 29, the North Kivu civil society groups revealed the presence of Al-Shaabab's mercenaries in Bunagana a locality on the border with Uganda.

The civil society expressed fears that the Somali mercenaries could be recruited by the M23 rebels.

The reported Al-Shaabab presence in the Central African country marks the spill-over of the Al-Qaida linked group based in southern Somalia, where it has been under increasing pressure of government and African troops for two years and lost control in many areas.

Editor: Fang Yang
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