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DR Congo Rocked by Anti-government Protests

At least four people, including two policemen, have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s┬ácapital Kinshasa, after security forces clashed with thousands protesting moves that will pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power, police say.

At least 10 protesters were also injured after police fired live bullets to break up the rallies in some parts of the capital on Monday, witnesses said.

Officers also used tear gas to disperse groups of rock-hurling youths as tyres burned at several main intersections and a police helicopter flew overhead.

“Two policemen were killed by bullets,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said, adding that “two looters” had also died.

According to hospital sources, about 10 demonstrators were admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds.

The protesters had been called into the streets by opposition leaders outraged by proposed electoral legislation that would delay presidential and parliamentary polls beyond late 2016, when Kabila is meant to step down.

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