Gunmen attack Congolese airport and state TV

Reporters taken hostage by armed men, who broadcast anti-government message, as international airport comes under fire.

    Gunmen attack Congolese airport and state TV
    [Al Jazeera]

    Gunmen have opened fire on the international airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo and seized control of the state television station in the capital.

    The multiple attacks on Monday saw armed men take reporters hostage and fire shots at the airport, which is on the outskirts of Kinshasa.

    Before transmission was shut down at RTNC, two gunmen appeared on camera to deliver what appeared to be a political message against President Joseph Kabila's government.

    "Gideon Mukungubila has come to free you from the slavery of the Rwandan," said the message, according to a Reuters reporter who saw a tape of the transmission.

    In central Kinshasa, the streets emptied and shopkeepers closed their shutters.

    "They are armed with machetes and guns. They have taken reporters hostage. An operation is under way to dislodge them," police spokesman colonel Mwana Mputu told the news agency AFP.

    A customs official at the international airport on the outskirts of Kinshasa reported heavy gunfire there just minutes after the attack on state television.

    "Shooting has started here," the official told Reuters.

    "They are shooting everywhere. We are all hiding."

    It is not clear if the two attacks are linked.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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