Attempted putsch in the DRC: several Americans and a Briton among the perpetrators

Attempted putsch in the DRC: several Americans and a Briton among the perpetrators
Attempted putsch in the DRC: several Americans and a Briton among the perpetrators

The spokesperson for the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo affirmed that several Americans, including “two white people”, and a Congolese “naturalized British”, were among the perpetrators of the putsch attempt foiled on Sunday morning in Kinshasa.

Around forty attackers were arrested while four others, including their leader, “a certain Christian Malanga, a Congolese naturalized American”, were “permanently neutralized” (killed) by the security forces, said in the evening to national television General Sylvain Ekenge, spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC).

The attackers, who attacked the home of a minister and the “Palace of the Nation”, which houses the offices of President Félix Tshisekedi, are “of several nationalities”, explained the spokesperson.

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Besides Christian Malanga, “there is his son, whose name is Marcel Malanga, who was there” and “there are two other American subjects, white people”, he detailed. “We also have a naturalized British subject, number 2 of the group,” added the general.

Earlier in the day, the United States Ambassador to the DRC, Lucy Tamlyn, declared on Congolese authorities. “Rest assured that we will cooperate with the DRC authorities,” she said.

Christian Malanga and his group “tried to attack the institutions”, said the army spokesperson.

According to him, they intended to initially attack the homes of the new Prime Minister, Judith Suminwa, and the Minister of Defense, Jean-Pierre Bemba. But “they could not identify the home” of the first and “did not find” the second at home. They then “attacked the residence of Vital Kamerhe”, the Minister of the Economy, who was at his residence with his family.

He and his relatives were not affected, but two police officers who were protecting them were killed, said a close friend of the minister.

The attackers then went to the Palais de la Nation, where they brandished the flag of Zaire, the former name of the DRC during the time of Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator overthrown in 1997.

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