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Five killed in accident with DR Congo presidential motorcade

AFP  |  Kinshasa 

Three soldiers and two civilians were killed and 11 other people injured in an accident involving DR Congo Joseph Kabila's motorcade, his office said today.

The accident happened on a road in the southwest of the country, 220 kilometres south of Kinshasa, as Kabila was returning to the capital on Tuesday.

"Last night, a vehicle in the presidential was hit on the at Kimpese by a truck carrying cement," communications official told AFP today.

"Three soldiers in the were killed along with two civilians who were nearby," he said. Seven soldiers and four civilians were also injured, Ramazani said, adding that the accident had been caused by heavy rain.

Kabila "stayed on the site until the emergency services arrived, and personally supervised the ambulance evacuation of dead and injured," he said.

The is an elite force tasked with the protection of the Kabila was returning from a stay in the sea

Roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sprawling, poverty-stricken country, are notorious for accidents. Poor road surfaces, overladen vehicles and excessive speed are often the causes of mishaps.

Kabila on Wednesday was to meet in with the presidents of the neighbouring and Angola, and Joao Lourenco, for a tripartite meeting.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 17:25 IST