News / Africa

DRC Government Proclaims Victory Over Armed Attackers

Congolese security officers position themselves as they secure the street near the state television headquarters in the capital Kinshasa, DRC, Dec. 30, 2013.
Congolese security officers position themselves as they secure the street near the state television headquarters in the capital Kinshasa, DRC, Dec. 30, 2013.
VOA News
Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say government troops have defeated armed attackers at three locations around the capital, killing close to 40 gunmen and capturing several more.

Witnesses say the attacks Monday were staged by youthful gunmen claiming allegiance to an evangelical Christian prophet opposed to the rule of President Joseph Kabila. Fighting was also reported in Congo's second largest city, Lubumbashi, home of the religious leader known as Gideon Mukungubila.

No civilians or security forces were reported killed in the attacks at the international airport, state television station and the main military base in Kinshasa.

Kinshasa military base, state television and international airport, DRCKinshasa military base, state television and international airport, DRC
x
Kinshasa military base, state television and international airport, DRC
Kinshasa military base, state television and international airport, DRC
Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the attacks appeared to have no purpose except to disrupt this week's New Year's celebrations.

"The government calls on the people of Kinshasa, victims of this terrorist aggression - since we do not have the impression that the assailants had any other objective, so few in numbers, armed so poorly - to want to achieve anything other than to sow panic and terror on the eve of the new year festivities which have such a great importance in our culture," said Mende.

He urged residents to go about their business normally rather than give in to the threat.

A VOA reporter in Kinshasa said sporadic gunfire continued at mid-day and most residents were remaining in their homes. The reporter said soldiers and police are maintaining checkpoints throughout the city.

Mende said about 30 gunmen were involved in the attack on the radio and television center, where transmission was temporarily shut down.  

Viewers say two of the gunmen appeared on television before the shutdown to deliver a message critical of Kabila. The message said Gideon Mukungubila had come to free the Congolese people from the slavery imposed on them by "the Rwandan."

"The Rwandan" is sometimes used as a nickname for Kabila, who comes from eastern Congo near Rwanda. His father, Laurent Kabila, led a militia in the region before seizing power in Kinshasa in a 1997 coup.

The younger Kabila was returned to power in 2011 elections in which Mukungubila was a candidate.

Mende said about 20 gunmen were involved in the attack on the military base and that 16 of them were killed. A similar number attacked the international airport in nearby N'Djili, temporarily shutting it down.

The U.S. embassy in Kinshasa advised U.S. citizens to avoid areas where crowds have gathered. It said there were reports the international airport was closed.

  • Congolese security forces secure the street near the state television headquarters in Kinshasa, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Congolese security officers position themselves as they secure the street near the state television headquarters (C) in the capital Kinshasa, DRC, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Congolese women run for safety along a deserted street during a clash near the state television headquarters in Kinshasa, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Residents gather to watch security forces patrol the street near state television headquarters in Kinshasa, Dec. 30, 2013.
  • Congolese soldiers ride on their pick-up truck towards the state television headquarters in Kinshasa, Dec. 30, 2013.

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Theodore from: Ekwaki
December 30, 2013 2:03 PM
it said that peoples as been killed. it shows tha congolese govment need to introduce democraty in the country .

by: Antonio Martinez from: Kitambo, Kinshasa
December 30, 2013 11:10 AM
The international airport is named N'Djili, it is in Kinshasa and there were no other airports that were attacked. Also, the "attackers" had sent out part of a message, and it didn't mention disrupting new year festivities.

by: Anonymous
December 30, 2013 8:46 AM
StarAfrica.com reported that there are UN Force Intervention Brigade troops in Kinshasa with Kabila's troops. First time I'd heard that.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs