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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-30-04 01:01 AM
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4. Congo leader appeals for calm
Edited on Tue Mar-30-04 01:04 AM by seemslikeadream
from correspondents in Kinshasa
March 30, 2004
SECURITY forces searched the Congolese capital overnight for fugitives of an apparent coup attempt against President Joseph Kabila's fragile power-sharing government, struggling to emerge from years of war in the vast Central African nation.

Untold numbers of attackers in civilian clothes escaped after simultaneous pre-dawn attacks yesterday at military installations and state broadcasting headquarters, melting into the impoverished city's teeming population or possibly fleeing the country.

Congo government spokesman Vital Kamerhe said the attackers' "core elements" were made up of loyalists to the late Mobutu Sese Seko, Congo's Cold-War dictator who was overthrown by Kabila's father, Laurent, in 1997.

Bodies of Hema men, executed by Lendu militia just hours before, lie on the road north of Fataki. They were bound and impaled before being shot.
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