6 dead in DRC munitions depot attack
30 October 2013, 16:08
Lubumbashi - Six people were killed on Tuesday in clashes
between military police and a group of separatist attackers at a munitions
depot in the south-western DRC city of Lubumbashi, officials said.
"There were six deaths, three attackers and three soldiers,"
said the mayor of DRC's second largest city, Jean-Oscar Sanguza.
The attack was led by "separatists from the
Bakata-Katanga", a group fighting for the independence of Katanga
province, according to an intelligence source.
Five members of the rebel group had been arrested by late
afternoon on Tuesday, Sanguza said, with parts of the city shut off in an
attempt to catch fugitives.
A military source said the group also attacked the residence
of a military police commander.
A resident of the area told AFP he had heard shots being
fired near the compound, and an AFP journalist and other witnesses in the city
were also woken up by the shooting.
Katanga is the DRC's richest region, but its wealth in
minerals such as copper and cobalt is concentrated mainly in the south of the
Bakata-Katanga secessionists from the north of the province
regularly attack ammunition dumps.
In March they clashed with government troops after marching
in central Lubumbashi in broad daylight. Twenty-three people died in the