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Rebels deny Nkunda 'was fleeing'.

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Laurent Nkunda Laurent Nkunda alias Laurent Nkundabatware or Laurent Nkunda Batware (born February 2, 1967) is a former General in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is the current leader of a rebel faction operating in the province of Nord-Kivu, , the Tutsi rebel leader arrested last week by the Rwandan authoritities, was not fleeing DR Congo, his rebel group has said.

Bertrand Bisimwa, a spokesman from Nkunda's National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP CNDP Centre National de Documentation P├ędagogique (French: National Centre for Educational Documentation)
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), said the rebel leader had travelled to a Rwandan town for talks when he was arrested.

"He went to Gisenyi to discuss action against the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (Hutu rebels) and was arrested there," Bisimwa said on Sunday.

Nkunda was arrested during a surprise joint operation by Rwandan and Congolese government troops who were ordered to flush out Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels.

He is currently in Rwanda awaiting extradition extradition (ĕkstrədĭsh`ən), delivery of a person, suspected or convicted of a crime, by the state where he has taken refuge to the state that asserts jurisdiction over him.  to DR Congo.

Joint operation

The CNDP leader stands accused of war crimes committed in the Congolese town of Bukavu, the capital of Sud-Kivu province     [ , which his forces briefly captured in June 2004.

On Friday, Rwandan and Congolese forces engaged the FDLR (

Democratic

Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)

, some of whom took refuge in eastern DR Congo after participating in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, killing nine fighters.

The two armies released a statement on Saturday, confirming the deaths of the FDLR rebels during clashes.

But the FDLR has denied that fighting took place with the joint force, saying that none of its fighters had been killed.

Ignace Murwanashyaka Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka (born May 14 1963) is the current leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a Rwandan Hutu rebel group operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr Ignace Murwanashyaka was born in Butare and has studied in West Germany. , the FDLR chairman, told the AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  news agency: "This is all a lie. They killed none of our men for the simple reason that there has not been fighting between our troops and this coalition."

"According to according to
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

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 reports reaching me from the ground, the Kigali and Kinshasa armies fought with the Mai-Mai ... Nine Congolese soldiers were killed and one wounded in the clashes," Murwanashyaka said, referring to a Congolese rebel group.

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