Congo slams 'terrorist' attack on Paris embassy
23 June 2016, 12:56
Brazzaville – Congo called on Wednesday for its diplomats in
France to be better protected after the country's embassy in Paris was attacked
by a mob that broke into the mission and started a fire.
Attackers broke down a door and forced their way into the
embassy's courtyard in the early hours on Tuesday, setting a mattress alight in
a caretakers lodge as well as burning a car outside the building, a Paris
police source said.
"The government condemns this terrorist act," the
Republic of Congo's foreign ministry said in a statement.
"[This] violent attack follows other similar incidents at
Congolese interests in France in recent months. The Congolese authorities
request that adequate measures are taken to ensure the safety of the Congolese
diplomatic presence in France," said the statement.
The ministry said it was surprised by the "recurrence"
of such incidents as France has been subject to intensified security as part of
a state of emergency declared following the Paris terror attacks of November
Tensions are high in Congo-Brazzaville after President Denis
Sassou Nguesso was re-elected for a controversial third term in April.
An investigation into the attack on Congo's embassy in Paris' chic
16th arrondissement is now underway, according to police.