Christian Sect Attacks Congo Prison, Frees Leader, 50 More
Christian Sect Attacks Congo Prison, Frees Leader, 50 More
Prisoners in the yard at Makala prison which is in the centre of Kinshasa DR Congo's capitalMore
19 May, 2017, 06:22
Armed militia members belonging to a religious-political sect attacked a prison in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, freeing their self-styled prophet leader and at least 50 other inmates, the government said.
It is reported that several inmates were killed during the prison raid on Wednesday, but no official figure has been released in that regard.
Justice minister Alexis Thambwe told a local radio station that, aside from Nsemi, the prison's most prominent prisoners, including political opposition leaders and soldiers convicted in the assassination of former president Laurent Kabila, had not escaped.
Authorities believe that the attack was masterminded and carried by Nsemi followers.
"Several risky prisoners and perpetrators of vicious crimes have escaped".
Local residents told AFP there were "prolonged exchanges of fire".
The dramatic assault took place as DR Congo marks 20 years since the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the country - which was then known as Zaire - with an iron fist for more than three decades.
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