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Congolese Militia Seizes UN Compound in Katanga’s Lubumbashi

An unidentified militia group attacked Lubumbashi, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s copper-rich Katanga province, seizing a United Nations compound and causing an unknown number of casualties.

About 100 fighters overpowered national police and took the UN compound around midday, Carlos Araujo, a spokesman for the UN mission in Congo, said by phone from Kinshasa, the national capital. Congolese soldiers and members of the president’s Republican Guard have surrounded the compound and are negotiating to disarm the fighters, he said.