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Topic - Lambert Mende Omalanga
A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Tuesday, home to more than 1 million people as well as an international airport in a development that threatens to spark a new, regional war, officials and witnesses said.
A rebel group created just seven months ago seized the strategic provincial capital of Goma, home to more than 1 million people in eastern Congo, and its international airport on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said, raising the specter of a regional war.
Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda resumed mortar and machine gun fire on Monday at a village just 3 kilometers (2 miles) outside of the crucial, provincial capital of Goma, hours after saying they were halting fighting in order to negotiate with the government of Congo.
Africa will continue its economic growth next year, but faces increasing threats from continued political instability, youth unemployment and the global recession dragging down oil and commodity prices, a leading economist said Tuesday.
Congolese spokesman Lambert Mende, who is based in the country's capital more than 1,000 miles to the west, confirmed that the government had received reports of troops pulling out of Masisi.
"Yes, there are reports of movements [of rebels out of Masisi], but we won't label it a retreat until it's over. They have played this game with us before, where they say they are moving and then find a reason not to," Mr. Mende said. "There will be no negotiations with Congo until they are [12 miles] outside the Goma city limit."