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Utah man declined $100K offer to travel to Congo on 'security job' that was covert coup attempt

May. 24, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The friend of a prominent Congolese opposition leader’s son said he turned down a six-figure offer to travel there from the U.S. as part of the family’s security detail in what turned out to be a failed coup attempt. Marcel Malanga, the 21-year-old son of...

Family of American caught up in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, according to a statement provided to The Associated Press. Tyler...

Congo names third American in a foiled coup plot as mourners gather in Utah to remember plot leader

May. 23, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

Congo's army spokesman on Tuesday released the name of the third American involved a foiled coup plot in Kinshasa, while family members in Utah gathered to mourn Christian Malanga, the eccentric leader of the brazen and ill-fated attack targeting the presidential palace over the weekend. ...

Americans in alleged Congo coup plot formed an unlikely band

May. 20, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three Americans involved in a brazen weekend attack on Congo's presidential palace formed an unlikely band under the leadership of eccentric opposition figure Christian Malanga, who dabbled in gold mining and used cars before persuading his Utah-born son to join in the...

Congolese army says it has foiled a coup attempt. Self-exiled opposition figure threatens president

May. 19, 2024 12:29 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army said it foiled a coup attempt early Sunday and arrested the perpetrators, including several foreigners, following attacks on the presidential palace and the residence of a close ally of Congo's president that left three people dead in the capital, Kinshasa. ...

Gunfire heard in Congo’s capital as men in military uniform clash with a politician’s guards near the president's office

May. 19, 2024 04:01 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunfire heard in Congo’s capital as men in military uniform clash with a politician’s guards near the president's office.

Death toll in bombings at displacement camps in eastern Congo rises to at least 35

May. 10, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — The death toll in the bombings of two camps for displaced people in eastern Congo last week rose to at least 35 Friday, with an additional two in very critical condition, a local official told The Associated Press. Éric Bwanapuwa, a lawmaker who represents Goma,...

Families of the victims of attacks on displaced people in Congo mourn their dead

May. 08, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Families of the victims of last week's bomb attacks on two camps of displaced people in eastern Congo gathered to mourn their loved ones at a ceremony on Monday evening. During the ceremony in the city of Goma in the North Kivu Province, mourners sang and lit candles in tribute...

M23 rebels seize key smartphone mineral mining town in eastern Congo

May. 02, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A rebel group with alleged links to Rwanda this week seized Rubaya, a mining town in eastern Congo known for producing a key mineral used in smartphones, the group said Thursday in a statement. In a statement shared with The Associated Press, a spokesperson...

Kenya Airways accuses Congo military of holding its staff since last week over cargo issues

Apr. 26, 2024 07:34 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s state-owned airline has accused the Republic of Congo’s military of holding two of its staffers since last Friday over cargo issues. Kenya Airways, known as KQ, said on Friday the staffers were arrested in its airport office in the capital,...