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Congo army captures militia head; Gorillas sighted

August 4, 2012
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KINSHASA, Congo—U.N. Radio Okapi says Congo's army has captured a militia leader and 16 of his combatants accused of killing okapis in the country's northeast, as a national park reports the first mountain gorilla sightings in months.

The station said Saturday that Paul Sadala, whose alias is Morgan, was captured three days ago after leading his militia in a June attack on the Okapi Wildlife Reserve that killed two park rangers and 15 okapi.

Officials for the Virunga National Park, southeast of the reserve, posted a statement on their website Friday that said four gorilla families were found on the first monitoring operation in two months. Dozens of mountain gorillas had not been seen since another group of rebels took control of the area and after rangers had to evacuate. Rebels agreed last month to allow some rangers back in to conduct a census.

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