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Congolese Rebels Release UN Peacekeepers

Five Nepalese peacekeepers have been freed six weeks after they were captured by militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United Nations said Sunday the five had been released by the militia in Inturi.

Seven peacekeepers were captured May 28 following a gunbattle that killed a Nepalese soldier.

Two of the peacekeepers were released in late June.

When captured, the soldiers were working with Congolese government troops to subdue militia groups.

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was deeply thankful to those who worked to secure the release of the peacekeepers. He also extended his condolences to the family of the dead soldier.

The peacekeepers were trying to secure eastern Congo ahead of the July 30 elections.