Gunfire kills police chief and two others at central prison in DR Congo capital

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Between May and July, a number of attacks and jailbreaks hit the Makala prison, the biggest in Kinshasa, capital of the vast Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Something is happening in the Selembao area. We are trying to find out exactly what is going on,” police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu, told Access.
Sustained gunfire broke out Monday close to the central prison in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, residents and activists said, three months after a wave of attacks and mass jailbreaks began.
“For about an hour, there’s been shooting around the Makala prison, there’s no more traffic and the avenues are empty here in Selembao,” the poor city centre district where the prison stands, Emmanuel Cole, a prisoners’ rights activist, said. adding that a police chief “has been killed”.
More than 4,000 detainees were able to escape during those incidents.
Police stations in three Kinshasa districts Limete, Matete and Kalamu also came under attack, along with the central market, whose chief administrator was targeted and killed.
Police have identified some of the alleged perpetrators as members of the main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress party, long led by Etienne Tshisekedi, who died last February aged 84.
Insecurity has deepened in the DRC since December, when President Joseph Kabila refused to quit office in line with the constitution at the end of his second elected five-year term.

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