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UN forces fire on east Congo rebels

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GOMA, Congo (AP) -

U.N. and Congolese army officials say that a new U.N. intervention brigade in eastern Congo has fired on M23 rebels for the first time.

   The development came Friday, a day after mortar shells rained on homes in several residential neighborhoods of Goma. At least four civilians were killed in the violence.

   Congolese army spokesman Col. Olivier Hamuli said Friday the U.N. "brigade is on our side. They're supporting us with artillery."

   The intervention brigade consisting of Tanzanian, South African and Malawian soldiers, was created by the U.N. Security Council in March and has deployed to Congo over the past few months.

   They have a stronger mandate than past U.N. peacekeeping missions and are authorized to battle the rebel forces operating in eastern Congo.

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