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M23 Rebel Group Accepts Congo Ceasefire Terms After Ultimatum

Soldiers on patrol in Kibumba which was attacked by M23 rebels in clashes with the Congolese army, near Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Soldiers on patrol in Kibumba which was attacked by M23 rebels in clashes with the Congolese army, near Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photographer: Guerchom Ndebo/AFP/Getty Images

M23 rebels fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to a ceasefire deal after a summit of African leaders gave the group an ultimatum to stop fighting or face attack. 

The mini-summit held by the six nations of the East African Community met in Luanda, Angola late this week and demanded the rebels, which Congo and United Nations experts say are backed by Rwanda, lay down their weapons by 6 p.m. on Friday or face attack by a regional military force.