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25 Apr 2020 | 02:48 PM UTC

DRC: Bundu dia Kongo group leader arrested in Kinshasa on April 24

DR Congo News Alert

At least eight people were killed during a police operation in Kinshasa on April 24 resulting in the arrest of the Bundu dia Kongo group leader; heightened security presence possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION DRC, Kinshasa

Event

At least eight people were killed during a police operation in Kinshasa on Friday, April 24, which led to the arrest of Ne Muanda Nsemi, leader of the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) group. Police sealed off the Sakomi area and exchanged gunfire with Nsemi's supporters as they moved in on his residence in the Ma Campagne neighborhood. At least 35 people were injured, and 203 others were arrested in connection with the operation. The arrest follows clashes between police and members of the BDK in Songolo (Kongo-Central province) between Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22, which resulted in 14 fatalities.

A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruption may persist at the scene over the coming hours.

Context

The BDK is a banned religious-cultural-political movement, created in 1969 by Mwanda Nsémi, which fights for the protection and interests of the Kongo people. The group bases their claims on the centuries-old Kongo Kingdom that was abolished by the Portuguese in 1914.

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation and to anticipate the threat of further violence or unrest over the near term.

 

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