Policeman killed as students protest in DR Congo

Students in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo took to the streets to protest over  water and electricity outages at Lubumbashi university on Sunday.

According to reports, the clash started after police used tear gas and warning shots to try to disperse crowds of students returning from the governor’s residence in Upper Katanga.

“I just lost a police officer hit by an anti-riot vehicle,” said General Paulin Kyungu, head of the police in Upper Katanga.

“I also learn that a student died from gunshot wounds,” he added.

University president Kishiba Fitula said another three students were injured, adding that the “situation is calm again.”

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The violence came after new President Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in on Thursday, marking DR Congo’s first peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly disputed elections.

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Source: AFP

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