Violent clashes leave 22 dead in Brazzaville

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Monday's confrontation between policemen and the security guards of Col. Marcel Tsourou, a former Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) who finally surrendered himself to the police, has led to 22 deaths, according to a new toll given on Tuesday by the city morgue of Brazzaville.

"We have 22 bodies which were brought here as a result of the confrontation," a morgue official said on the condition of anonymity.

The clashes, at the residence of Col. Tsourou, saw the use of light and heavy weapons by the guards of the former NSC official and the army.

Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the Congolese capital after the violent clashes.

Public and private offices as well as markets and the shops, which were hurriedly shut Monday because of the clashes, re-opened Tuesday morning, but some schools remained closed.

"We have been waiting for more than an hour, but the pupils are not coming. Certainly parents are traumatized by yesterday's (Monday's) events. All teachers have arrived," said Alphonsine Kanga, the headmaster of a private school in the city.

On 9 Sept., Col. Tsourou was given a suspended sentence of five years with hard labour over the deadly explosions which occurred on 4 March 2012 in Brazzaville, causing the deaths of nearly 300 people, injuring 2,300 others and displacing 17,000.
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17 december 2013 18:56:45

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