The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo says it has regained control of the entire eastern area of Masisi from rebels loyal to warlord Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda.

The army has declared a ceasefire and given the rebels until Wednesday to surrender.

Tens of thousands have fled their homes in the area, after weeks of fighting.

Gen Ntaganda, known as “The Terminator”, is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The ICC accuses him of recruiting child soldiers for the same rebel group as Thomas Lubanga, who in March became the first person to be convicted of war crimes by the ICC.

His troops last month defected from the army and the Congolese authorities say they want to arrest him but put him on trial themselves, rather than sending him to The Hague.

Several hundred troops loyal to Gen Ntaganda had seized two towns in Masisi, near the North Kivu capital, Goma, but army chief Lt-Gen Didier Etumba Longila said the whole area had now been “secured”. Read more…