Twelve people were killed Monday in a wave of violence in Kinshasa, said a spokesman for the national police.
The toll was a provisional estimate, Pierrot Rombaut Mwanamputu the DRC Police Spokesperson said in an emergency broadcast that interrupted programming on public television.
He also said two police officers had been injured and were in critical condition.
Sustained gunfire had been reported earlier close to the central prison in the Congolese capital, where more than 4,000 people escaped in May, and in the districts of Matete and Ndjili, residents and activists said.
Emmanuel Cole, a campaigner for prisoners’ rights, said from the nearby district of Selembao “There has been gunfire around Makala Prison for the last hour.
It is suspected that Bundudia Kongo was associated with the violence. The group is a new religious movement with a political and cultural agenda that is associated with the Kongo ethnic group.