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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 18:38 GMT
UN investigates DR Congo 'rape'

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says it is investigating reports that one of its military observers raped an 11-year-old girl in the eatsern rebel-held eastern city of Goma.

The French news agency, AFP, quotes the Congolese Rally for Democracy rebel group as demanding that the soldier at the centre of the allegations be expelled from Goma.

But the head of the UN mission in Goma, Isabel Broyer, said no formal request had yet been made.

The United Nations has about 200 Moroccan troops stationed in Goma.

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