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Six Killed in Foiled Coup in DR Congo, Army Says

© AFP 2023 ARSENE MPIANAAn empty street is pictured in the Neighborhood of Gombe in Kinshasa on May 19, 2024.
An empty street is pictured in the Neighborhood of Gombe in Kinshasa on May 19, 2024.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 20.05.2024
In December, Felix Tshisekedi was reelected as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Six people were killed and dozens arrested following attacks on the residence of a close ally of DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and the presidential palace, in what the country's military described as a foiled coup attempt.
The six who were killed included three assailants and their leader, the DRC self-exiled opposition figure Christian Malanga, Congolese army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge told reporters on Sunday night, adding that around 50 perpetrators were arrested.
Armed men in military uniform clashed on Sunday with the guards of Vital Kamerhe, a federal legislator who is close to the Congolese president. Kamerhe's spokesman posted on social media platform X, saying the guards were able to stop them, and confirmed the lawmaker and his family "were safe."
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Two guards were also killed, Ekenge said. At first, local media identified the armed men as Congolese soldiers but then reported they were linked to Malanga, who posted a video from inside the presidential palace on Facebook Sunday threatening Tshisekedi.
The army spokesman said Malanga was later killed during a shootout with the presidential guards.
Ekenge said on state television that the attempted coup d’état was "nipped in the bud by Congolese defense and security forces [and] the situation is under control." Among the perpetrators were three Americans, including Malanga’s son, he later said.