New rebel group reported

A new DRC rebel group this week claimed to have captured the town of Bolobo located 250 km northeast of Kinshasa on the Congo river, news agencies said. The new group, called the Union of Republican Nationalists for Liberation, issued a statement from Brazzaville in the neighbouring Republic of Congo claiming its forces had captured Bolobo on Saturday without any fighting. Earlier this week, AP quoted a spokesman for the new group as saying its military commander was Colonel Jean Imbamba, an officer in the Special Presidential Division of former president Mobutu Sese Seko. There was no independent confirmation of the claim.