17 July 2017

Congo-Kinshasa: Assailants Attack Main Market in Kinshasa

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a group of men armed with guns and knives attacked the capital's main market, killing at least two people and wounding six police officers.

A police spokesman, Pierrot Mwanamputu, said unidentified assailants killed the administrator of Kinshasa's central market, as well as a police officer. He said six other officers were seriously injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital.

The spokesman said the situation is now under control and one of the attackers has been arrested.

Shops and businesses at the market were closed as dozens of soldiers and police officers were deployed in trucks to patrol the area.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Militia violence has been increasing in Congo in recent months, including a series of attacks on police stations and prisons. In May, Christian sect members of Bundu Dia Mayala stormed Kinshasa's main prison, freeing their leader and scores of others.

Insecurity has grown in the country since President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down when his mandate ended last December.

Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila Paints Violence in Kasai as War on Terror

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's president told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering Saturday that his… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Voice of America. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.