Rwandan rebel leader surrenders in Congo
KINSHASA | A top Rwandan rebel leader who has been fighting in neighboring eastern Congo has surrendered amid a U.n.-backed military offensive in the violence-wracked region, a Congolese military official said Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Idrissa Muradadi and three of his bodyguards turned themselves over on March 10, said Col. Sylvain Ekenge. He said Col. Muradadi is in the hands of the U.N. mission in Congo and awaiting extradition to Rwanda.
Col. Muradadi was a leader in the 2nd battalion of the Rwandan Hutu militia known by its French abbreviation, FDLR, which has terrorized eastern Congo for years, launching brutal attacks on civilians.
The Congolese government has attempted unsuccessfully to eradicate the group, which crossed into Congo after Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
Col. Ekenge said Col. Muradadi surrendered because of military pressure.