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    UN increases involvement in Congo

    KINSHASA, Congo — UN forces and the Congolese army attacked rebel positions with helicopter gunships, armored personnel carriers, and a phalanx of ground troops Wednesday, ramping up the UN’s engagement in the country’s tormented east.

    The UN announced one of its peacekeepers had been killed during the assault. Seven other UN troops were wounded, spokesman Farhan Haq said, without announcing further details.

    The fighting is taking place nine miles from Goma, the provincial capital.

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