Army Says, It Foiled Coup Attempt In Democratic Republic Of Congo


The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR), has said that its officers and men on Sunday morning, May 19, 2024 successfully repelled an attempted coup d’état involving some Congolese and foreign fighters.

The DRC Army spokesperson, Sylvian Ekenge, who stated this in a televised address, said that an attempted coup d’état has been put down by the defence and security forces.

He said; “The attempt coup d’état involved foreigners and Congolese. These foreigners and Congolese have been put out of action, including their leader”.

Ekenge did not however specify whether those involved in the attempted coup have been detained or killed.

Earlier, two guards and an assailant were killed in an attack on the nearby home of Vital Kamerhe, a member of parliament who is expected to be named Speaker, Kamerhe’s spokesman and the Japanese ambassador said in posts on X.

Similarly, the United States embassy issued a security alert on Sunday warning of “ongoing activity by DRC security elements” and reports of gunfire in the area.

…Sourced from Reuters

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