Three killed in DR Congo's Kasai opposition stronghold
Tuesday January 2 2018
Anti-Kabila demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016. PHOTO FILE | AFP
Witnesses reported hearing light and heavy weapons fire near the region's main Kananga airport early Tuesday morning.
Kananga's mayor, Edouard Ntumba Buabua, confirmed the Kananga clash, which came after protesters in the faraway capital Kinshasa, led by Catholic and opposition groups, on Sunday defied a ban on demonstrations demanding that Kabila leave office.
DR Congo is one of the UN's global humanitarian priorities for 2018, with four million internally displaced people and hundreds of thousands of children at risk in Kasai, according to warnings from aid agencies.