Congo Rebel Leader Is Arrested Following Mass Rape of Civilians, UN Says

A leader of a Congolese rebel group suspected of being involved in the rape of at least 303 civilians two months ago has been taken into custody, a United Nations peacekeeping official said.

The chief of staff of the Mai Mai Cheka rebel group was arrested today, Leo Salmeron, spokesman for the UN force’s operations in the North Kivu province, said in a phone interview from Goma, the provincial capital.

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