Gunmen attack airport in Congo mining hub

By REUTERS
August 8, 2012 16:52

 
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KINSHASA - Unidentified gunmen attacked the airport in the Congolese mining town of Lubumbashi early on Wednesday, killing at least one soldier, but government forces repelled the offensive after several hours of fighting, police said.

Lubumbashi, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo's south-eastern copper and cobalt mining province, Katanga, is hundreds of kilometers from the heavier fighting ongoing between rebels and the army in North Kivu province, but the clash follows two similar attacks on the town last year.

"According to our information there is one soldier dead, and another injured," General Charles Bisengimana, Congo's chief of police, told Reuters by telephone.

The airport remained open, he added.

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