Police officer dead in DRC court attack

2017-06-10 19:04


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Kinshasa - A police officer was killed in an attack on a court compound in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a judicial source said on Saturday, weeks after a mass jailbreak from Kinshasa's main prison.

A magistrate in the Matete district in the east of the capital told AFP that unknown gunmen attacked the court office on Friday night, burning several vehicles parked on the premises.

He said one police officer was killed and another wounded in the assault, adding that three prisoners held at the compound were later found to be missing.

The magistrate said a nearby police station had also been targeted.

A police spokesperson confirmed that the Matete court was attacked but did not provide further details.

The raid comes three weeks after dozens of prisoners escaped Kinshasha's largest jail following a rebel attack on the facility.

The May 17 jailbreak was carried out by followers of Bundu Dia Kongo (BDK), a secessionist rebel group that rejects Kinshasa's authority and wants to set up a parallel state in the west of the country.

Another attack on a prison two days later saw 68 inmates escape a prison in Kasangulu, 40km southwest of Kinshasa.

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