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Congolese Forces Put Down Attempted Coup

Government forces put down an apparent coup attempt in the Congolese capital on Sunday, battling attackers believed loyal to deceased former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. It was the most serious political strife to hit the city since the end of Congo’s ruinous 5-year war. The government refused to characterize the deadly firefights as an attempted putsch, but Interior Minister Theophile Mbemba said the attack would not destabilize President Joseph Kabila’s government — a national-unity administration struggling to reassert control over its vast, rebellion-splintered territory after a 1998-2003 war. “We have the situation under control,” government spokesman Vital Kamerhe said. Fighters loyal to Mobutu, Congo’s late Cold War dictator, were among those who launched Sunday’s “coup attempt,” British Ambassador Jim Atkinson told The Associated Press. Full Story

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