Mortar lands in Congo as UN chief arrives

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GOMA, Congo (AP) — A spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says that a mortar landed in a neighborhood of Goma, a major city in eastern Congo, which last year was briefly overrun by a rebel group. The explosion comes as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Congo's distant capital for a two-day visit that is expected to take him to Goma.

Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeepers, said the mortar fell in the neighborhood of Ndosho inside Goma, killing one person and injuring four. Mounoubai said Wednesday there is no indication of who launched the mortar.

Earlier Wednesday, Ban arrived in Kinshasa, Congo's capital. The U.N. has recently created an intervention brigade for Congo with the aim of fighting the M23 rebels who are just north of the city.

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