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Gunfire Erupts in Republic of Congo Capital

Newspaper article International New York Times

Gunfire Erupts in Republic of Congo Capital

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An armed group rampaged overnight in Brazzaville, the capital, shattering a relative calm since the re-election of President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.

Gunfire rang out for hours in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, as armed men attacked police stations and a mayor's office.

The police battled the group, which rampaged through the southern part of the city early Monday, before the situation calmed by late morning, government officials said. It was unclear how many people, if any, had been wounded, but no deaths were reported.

The violence upset the relative order that had been in place after the re-election last month of Denis Sassou-Nguesso, 72, the nation's longtime president. The balloting followed a change to the Constitution that allowed him to run for yet another term. …

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