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Several foreigners concerned in coup try in Congo, chief killed

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Kinshasa is the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Source: dpa/—

Americans and a Briton had been concerned within the foiled coup within the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gunmen tried to assault the Prime Minister and different politicians on Sunday. There had been shootings and deaths.

AAccording to the military, “several Americans and a Briton” had been concerned in a foiled coup try within the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday. The tried coup within the capital Kinshasa was led by Christian Malanga, a Congolese and “naturalized American,” military spokesman Sylvain Ekenge mentioned on Sunday night. Malanga was “definitely” killed by safety forces, the overall added.

According to Ekenge, the group of attackers was made up of “multiple nationalities”. “We also have a naturalized Briton, number two in the group,” defined the military spokesman. Malanga's son, Marcel Malanga, was additionally there. About 40 attackers had been arrested and 4 – together with Christian Malanga – had been killed, Ekenge mentioned.

The group “tried to attack the institutions,” Ekenge mentioned. According to him, they initially wished to assault the residences of Prime Minister Judith Suminwa and Defense Minister Jean-Pierre Bemba. However, they had been unable to find their homes – after which raided the residence of Economics Minister Kamerhe within the Gombe district. The constructing, in flip, will not be removed from the Palace of the Nation, the official residence of Head of State Félix Tshisekedi.

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Kamerhe and his household weren’t injured within the assault, however two law enforcement officials defending them had been killed, a supply near the minister mentioned.

U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Lucy Tamlyn mentioned she was “very concerned about reports of American citizens allegedly involved in the attempted coup against the Congolese authorities.” The embassy is cooperating with the authorities, Tamlyn assured on-line service X.

The military spokesman had beforehand said that “the attempted coup” had been “nipped in the bud” by protection and safety forces. Everyone concerned was “incapacitated so that they could no longer cause any damage – including their leader.” Ekenge known as on residents to “go about their business freely and calmly.”

The French embassy had reported “shooting from automatic weapons” within the space and known as for individuals to keep away from the realm.