The Day Of The Assassin

A sneak attack kills Congo's President. Will it end the war?

The first shots rang out just after 1 p.m. Laurent-Desire Kabila, 61, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was in heated discussion with advisers inside the presidential palace in the capital of Kinshasa. Details of what happened next remain sketchy. One version is that a bodyguard drew the President aside and then shot him twice. Another is that a minister shot the President after Kabila ordered his arrest. In any event, shooting continued for about 30 minutes. Soon after, presidential chief of staff Eddy Kapend went on state television to appeal for calm and announce the temporary closure of the...

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