Gunshots were reported in the Gombe business district of the capital Kinshasa on Wednesday morning, July 5. The gunshots, which lasted more than 20 minutes, were heard near Forescom roundabout and Lukusa Avenue. According to a police source, the shooting has been attributed to Shegue youth gangs. All offices and shops located in the area reportedly closed following the incident and UN personnel in Kinshasa were asked to avoid nonessential movements within the city. Police forces and the presidential guard were quickly deployed between the ex-Onatra port and the Forescom roundabout. The situation has reportedly returned to normal but residual traffic disruptions are likely in and around the district.
The Gombe district is home to several embassies along with numerous banks and shops and the national intelligence office.
Individuals present in Kinshasa are advised to monitor the situation as a precaution and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
More generally, individuals in the DRC are advised to exercise caution and maintain a low profile at all times. For various security reasons, a number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to the east and northeast of the country.