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DRC opposition official killed

2011-11-23 14:31

Kinshasa - A police official in the Democratic republic of Congo capital says a local opposition politician has been killed just days before a major vote in the central African nation.

Police inspector general Charles Bisengimana said on Wednesday that provincial assembly representative Marius Gangale was killed on Tuesday night in Kinshasa. Gangale's wife said she was in the car with her husband when two attackers shot him and demanded her belongings.

Gangale was a leader in a major opposition party. He was not running in the November 28 election for the presidency and legislature.

Human rights groups are expressing fears about an atmosphere of spiralling violence and hate speech ahead of the vote in the vast mineral-rich nation. The outcome of the vote is almost certain to keep President Joseph Kabila in power.