BREAKING! Deadly clashes in DR Congo city of Kananga

BREAKING! Deadly clashes in DR Congo city of Kananga


Two days of violence in a city in central Democratic Republic of Congo have left at least 10 people dead.

Security forces in Kananga collided with militia combatants seeking to avenge the death of the leader who was killed in August by the military, officials and media reports say.

The combatants attacked the airport of the city on Friday witnesses said.

DR Congo has suffered from years of unrest and political instability.

Reports said fighters loyal to tribal chief Kamwina Nsapu that was late first entered Kananga on Thursday morning.

Broadcaster Radio Okapi said the militia and security forces clashed and were eventually beaten back.

They returned on Friday and assaulted the airport.

“They burst into the hall of the airport. One of them beat her with a club.”

Another witness reported seeing the bodies of several militia fighters at the airport.

The amount of deaths has not been supported but reports put the cost at between 10 and 13.

Authorities spokesman Lambert Mende said the situation was under control.

“The airport continues to be under the control of our forces since this afternoon,” he said. “We don’t have a death toll at the minute. But yes, there were departures.”