11/27/2011

Congo police: 4 dead after pre-vote clashes

(AP) – 1 hour ago  KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A police official in Congo says four bodies were recovered after clashes in the capital ahead of a critical national poll.
Police inspector general Charles Bisengimana says four bodies were taken to a Kinshasa morgue on Sunday. He says opposition supporters attacked supporters of the president during Saturday's clashes.
He says the situation is calm throughout the country Sunday.
Saturday's violence prompted officials to ban rallies before Monday's poll.
Human rights groups had expressed fears about an atmosphere of spiraling violence and hate speech ahead of the vote. The outcome of the vote is almost certain to keep President Joseph Kabila in power.