Gunmen Take Control Of DRC State TV

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Gunfire has been heard at several locations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with reports that the state television and radio headquarters as well as the airport are under attack.

Gunfire has been heard at several locations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with reports that the state television and radio headquarters as well as the airport are under attack.
 
AFP news agency quotes a local police spokesperson as saying youths armed with machetes and guns had taken reporters hostage.
 
A customs official told Reuters that the shooting began at the international airport shortly after the attack on RTNC headquarters. RTNC is the Congolese National Radio and Television, the DRC government broadcaster.
  
Lambert Mende, the government spokesperson, was quoted by the BBC as saying several arrests had been made.
 
A taxi driver told AFP he heard about "six or seven shots" from heavy weapons fired at the Tshatshi camp.
 
The DRC government is currently battling over 45 armed rebel groups which are fighting for the control of the resource rich country. Early this month, the DRC government signed a peace agreement with the M23, one of the rebel groups operating in the east of the country. The UN forces in November pushed M23 out of their positions in and around Goma.

President Joseph Kabila has been in power for almost 13 years since succeeding his father Laurent Desire Kabila, who was assassinated in January 2001. Kabila won his second term in office two years ago.
 
The shooting comes as violence escalates in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.