Suspected Islamists attack prison, free hundreds of inmates in eastern Congo

Armed men freed more than 1,300 prisoners from a jail in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a coordinated attack on Tuesday, the town’s mayor said, blaming an Islamist militant group operating in the area. Only 110 of 1,456 inmates, including a number of militia fighters, remained following the simultaneous early morning assaults on the… Read More Suspected Islamists attack prison, free hundreds of inmates in eastern Congo

Eleven dead as armed assailants attack prison in Congo

At least 11 people were killed and 930 prisoners escaped on Sunday when unidentified assailants stormed a jail in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern town of Beni, the provincial governor said. The attack is at least the fourth prison break in Congo in the last month and underscores how insecurity has grown since President Joseph… Read More Eleven dead as armed assailants attack prison in Congo

Supporters of jailed Congolese Christian sect leader attack prison, free him

Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader attacked the prison holding him in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing him and about 50 other inmates early on Wednesday, the government said. Ne Muanda Nsemi, a self-styled prophet and leader of the Bundu dia Kongo movement, was arrested in March after a series of deadly clashes… Read More Supporters of jailed Congolese Christian sect leader attack prison, free him