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KISANGANI, Congo (AP) _ Four U.N. police trainees feared killed during an uprising in northeastern Congo are alive, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday.
``All the police candidates that have been identified for training have been accounted for,″ said Amos Namanga Ngongi, the U.N. representative in Congo.
He said some had been held for questioning then released.
The 53 Congolese trainees will help maintain security in Kisangani when Rwanda-backed rebels withdraw from the Congo River port as required by a U.N. resolution.
The rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy has controlled the diamond center since early in Congo’s nearly 4-year-old war.
During the May 14 rebellion, mutinous rebel troops captured the state radio station. They broadcast messages declaring loyalty to Congolese President Joseph Kabila and calling on residents to arm themselves to drive out the ``Rwandans.″
Some 1,000 residents of the town responded to the call, but the uprising was crushed by rebels in three hours.
Ngongi was told at a meeting with rebel leaders, U.N. officials and civil society representatives that about 60 people were confirmed dead following the dawn rebellion and subsequent two days of reprisals, U.N. officials said.
Rebel spokesman Jean Pierre Lola Kisanga disputed the account, saying 39 people were confirmed dead, including 24 civilians caught in the cross fire, or who fought alongside the mutinous troops and policemen.
The rebellion came just weeks after talks on Congo’s political future collapsed when Kabila’s government signed a power-sharing agreement with the Ugandan-backed Congolese Liberation Movement.
The Rwanda-backed rebels, along with leading political parties and civil society figures, rejected the agreement.