Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have seized a town
in the eastern part of the country after the army fled their advance.
Representatives for the M23 rebel movement said they took over Rutshuru
around midday Sunday without any fighting. The town lies on the main
road north from the North Kivu provincial capital, Goma.
The rebels' advance comes a day after a spokesman for U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate end to the
country's violence. A U.N. peacekeeper was shot and killed Friday when
rebels fought government troops and seized Bunagana, a town near the
Uganda border southeast of Rutshuru.
M23 comprises former soldiers who mutinied earlier this year,
complaining about their treatment in the army. They are believed to be
loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, a militia leader wanted by the International
Criminal Court on war crimes charges.