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Congo threatens to punish those behind anti-Kabila riots

In the Congo riots, scores of people have been killed. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Sep 22, 2016, 06.18 AM (IST)
The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to quell the anti-Kabila protests and punish those involved. 

Attorney general Flory Kabange Numbi told reporters, "The Congolese national police are actively seeking out the ... authors of these grave acts of murder and plunder."

He also said migration officials will prevent the perpetrators from escaping the country. 

For months, the opposition has been organising protests against President Joseph Kabila, who they fear might hold on to power even after his term is over. Scores of people were killed in the riots, Reuters reported. 

According to the Human Rights Watch, the riots left at least 37 protesters and six policemen dead. The police however said 32 people had died inlcuding four policemen. 

Etienne Tshisekedi, who organised the protests told a Belgian television channel that around 100 were killed. 

The protests are still taking place in Kinshasa, and on Wednesday 50 troops were deployed to stop the protests. 

The President's office issued a statement calling for calm and asked the citizens to go about their daily activities, now that security is ensured, Reuters reported. 

UN asks Congo to show restraint

The UN Security Council warned the Congolese government not to aggravate the situation and show restraint. 

The US Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region said targeted sanctions will imposed on people who are involved in the violence. 

Moise Katumbi, exiled leader said, "Without sanctions, they will continue killing people like mosquitoes."

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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