Rebels capture 2 border posts, town in Congo

GOMA, Congo (AP) -- A Ugandan army spokesman says Congolese rebels have captured two border posts and a town in eastern Congo.

Ugandan Army Spokesman Tabaro Kiconco says the rebel army grabbed control of the border post of Ishasha on Friday morning after taking Ishasha town in recent days. The border post is about a mile (2 kilometers) from the town.

Rebel spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa confirmed his army had taken the town but did not mention the border post.

Kiconco says the rebels also captured the Nyakokoma landing site on Lake Edward, which acts as a border post for those traveling by boat.

The town and border posts are the latest to fall into rebel hands as the army of renegade general Laurent Nkunda increases its stranglehold over eastern Congo.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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