Rwan­dan rebel leader sur­ren­ders in Congo

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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.

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