M23 ex-rebels break out of Uganda camp

Members of the M23 rebel group who were being kept at Bihanga's training camp wait to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a handover to the DRC government, at Uganda’s army airbase in Entebbe on December 16, 2014About 1,000 former fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp in Uganda where they were being held as soldiers were trying to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. “A thousand rebels from the M23 (group) have escaped” from the camp in Bihanga, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said on the official Twitter account. Several of the ex-rebels were wounded by gunshots after those in the camp refused to board army trucks sent in before dawn to take them to the airport, according to M23 chief Bertrand Bisimwa. The Ugandan army said the camp had been holding 1,373 former M23 fighters.

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