BREAKING: Police Officers, Civilians Killed In DR Congo Vote Result Protest
Two police officers and two civilians were killed in the western DR Congo city of Kikwit Thursday when police intervened to end protests over the outcome of presidential elections, security forces said.
“In the operation to restore public order today in Kikwit, two policemen and two civilian were killed.
“We also recorded 10 wounded,” city police chief General Dieudonne Mutepeke told AFP.
Kikwit is a stronghold of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who was declared runner-up in the elections.
ElombahNews had earlier reported that the opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of DR Congo’s presidential election, citing electoral officials.
The announcement, made overnight, sparked accusations of an “electoral coup” from runner-up Martin Fayulu.
France said the figures did not match results collated on the ground by monitors from the Catholic Church.
The ruling party, whose candidate finished third, has not contested the result, sparking accusations of a power-sharing deal with Mr Tshisekedi.
Mr Tshisekedi’s team has denied the accusation.
More details will follow…