Armed group attacks DRC airport

2011-02-04 12:21
Lubumbashi - Gunfire erupted Friday as unidentified attackers fought troops guarding the airport at Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeastern mining region of Katanga, a government spokesperson told AFP.

"We heard about this and we are trying to identify the group who indeed did attack soldiers who were guarding the airport at around 04:00 (02:00 GMT)," said government spokesperson Lambert Mende.

He added that sporadic gunfire was still heard two hours later but said police and soldiers were containing the attack.

An airport source contacted by AFP said it appeared the attackers belonged to a "group of secessionists", without giving further details.

The airport is located about 12km from downtown Lubumbashi, the main city in Katanga, the country's principal mining region which holds 30% of the world's cobalt and 10% of its copper reserves as well as gold, uranium and pewter.

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