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Global Witness: Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda amassed war chest from mining
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ' The rights group Global Witness shows in a new report how an ex-general in the Congolese army, who recently defected and is believed to be behind Congo's newest armed conflict, amassed a war chest by controlling mines in the country's mineral-rich east.
The report published on Thursday says Bosco Ntaganda ' nicknamed the Terminator ' built up a business empire during his time as the top military commander of North and South Kivu provinces by demanding a cut from each mine.
He deployed soldiers to key mining areas. Miners told the rights group that the military units forced them to hand over one-day's worth of minerals each week.
Ntaganda and hundreds of his men defected from the army last month.