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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Congo's 'Indian Queen' captured
UN peacekeeping troops in DRC
There are nearly 17,000 UN troops in DR Congo
A militia leader in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been captured in an army operation, the United Nations mission says.

Innocent Kaina, known as Indian Queen, is reported to be a founding member of the Revolutionary Movement of Congo.

The militia is one of those accused over continuing violence in eastern Congo, which is threatening elections planned for 30 July.

Mr Kaina was captured in Ituri province and is being interrogated.

"For us it is a really good hit on the MRC militia and we hope that it will not be the last one," Hans-Jakob Reichen, military spokesman for the UN forces in the region told Reuters news agency.

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"We have evacuated him by helicopter back to Bunia where he will be treated and we hope to be able to have him under our custody to be able to question him on his activities in the past and recent past in Ituri," he said.

The militia leader is reportedly being treated for injuries sustained during his capture.

A United Nations peacekeeping force of nearly 17,000 troops - the world's largest - operates in the country and is being augmented by a 1,500-strong European Union rapid reaction force over the election period.

The German cabinet has agree to contribute more than half of the troops.


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