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Head of Congo rebel group dies in shootout

April 14, 2014

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Congolese government says a rebel leader in the custody of soldiers has died in a shootout after trying to escape.

Spokesman Lambert Mende said Monday that Paul Sadala, who led a group of Mai-Mai rebels, was wounded in the leg and bled to death before he could be evacuated by helicopter.

Mende said two other rebels and two soldiers were also killed. It was unclear how the rebels managed to get weapons.

Sadala, known as Morgan, and dozens of his fighters surrendered on Saturday to government troops and were being taken to the local capital when the shootout happened.

Civil society groups and the U.N. peacekeeping mission have accused Sadala’s rebels of murder, rape and sexual mutilation of civilians. It was just one several rebel groups in eastern Congo.

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