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Mobilisation ordered in south

The Congo-Brazzaville government yesterday (Tuesday) ordered military mobilisation in the south of the country, Reuters reported. Defence Minister Lekoundzou Itihi Ossetoumba ordered all army and gendarmerie personnel to report to their barracks in preparation for operations against anti-government militia. Fighting around the southern town of Dolisie has pitted the army against Cocoyes militia loyal to ousted president Pascal Lissouba. Eight people - six rebels and two government soldiers -were killed in clashes on Monday, the defence ministry said. According to Africa No1 radio in Gabon, civilians are fleeing the town towards the southern city of Pointe-Noire.

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