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.
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.
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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