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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 02:23 AM
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Looming Congo election sparks deadly violence
Source: Reuters

Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have blocked President Joseph Kabila's main rival at an airport in Kinshasa to stop him staging an election rally after at least two died in violence across the capital city.

Ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on Monday, rival factions hurled rocks at each other and gunfire was heard across the town.

A Reuters reporter saw one dead body on the road to the airport while a UN source reported another death elsewhere in town.

This will be Congo's second election since a 1998-2003 war. The campaign has been marked by opposition allegations of irregularities and concerns about inadequate preparations.

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