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.


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