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Thursday, November 19, 1998 Published at 08:58 GMT

World: Africa

Congo rebels claim new gain

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have captured the river port of Bumba in the north-east.

A rebel spokesman said President Kabila's soldiers had fled before the rebel troops arrived.

There has been no independent confirmation of the capture of Bumba, which is on the Congo river some 350 kms north of the rebel headquarters in Kisangani.

Although their assault on the capital, Kinshasa, was repelled in August, the rebels are reported to have made steady gains in the east.

On Sunday they said they had captured the southeastern port of Moba on Lake Tanganyika.

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