Authorities in Congo say at least 14 people are dead after clashes between police and suspected members of a religious sect that was behind a recent prison break. The violence broke out early today in the capital of Kinshasa, where gunfire could be heard in several neighborhoods. Police blamed the fighting on the Bundu dia Mayala movement and police spokesman Col. Pierrot Mwanamputu said four of the sect members and eight others had been killed by stray bullets.
Two others were killed in related violence in southwestern Congo. The sect's leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi has a strong following in the southwest, where clashes with authorities left hundreds dead back in 2008. The leader has been on the run since he was freed in a prison break in May.
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