Battle Outside Congo Capital NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Kinshasa that government and rebel forces exchanged artillery fire on the outskirts of the Congolese capital today, and residents of some suburbs reported automatic weapons fire. The clashes raised questions about the government's claims that it had stopped a rebel advance and had the insurgents on the run. Officials in Kinshasa downplayed the fighting, saying the army was merely flushing out a small group of rebels. But the streets of the capital were deserted today, and the authorities re-imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
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Battle Outside Congo Capital

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Battle Outside Congo Capital

Battle Outside Congo Capital

Battle Outside Congo Capital

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NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports from Kinshasa that government and rebel forces exchanged artillery fire on the outskirts of the Congolese capital today, and residents of some suburbs reported automatic weapons fire. The clashes raised questions about the government's claims that it had stopped a rebel advance and had the insurgents on the run. Officials in Kinshasa downplayed the fighting, saying the army was merely flushing out a small group of rebels. But the streets of the capital were deserted today, and the authorities re-imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.