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Soldiers and ex rebels clash

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2008 | 10:49 AM

United Nations officials have reported a clash between soldiers and ex-rebels waiting to be integrated into the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The confrontation is said to have taken place in a major military, after ex-rebels raided a camp weapons depot.

Of the 27 injured, 16 were ex-rebels, 10 army commandoes, and one civilian.

The Congolese Defence Minister is insisting the clash would not threaten the January 23 peace pact.

The integration of the ex-rebels into the national army is part of the pact, which aims to end months of bloody conflict in eastern Dom Republic of Congo, which has displaced almost 500,000 people.