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Shots heard in DR Congo cities as Kabila's mandate expires

Supporters of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila parade his photograph in Kinshasa in November 2006Gunfire was heard in DR Congo’s two largest cities as the opposition leader called on citizens to reject President Joseph Kabila whose mandate expired Tuesday with no sign he was ready to leave. With fears of fresh violence high in the vast and unstable nation, shots rang out in the capital Kinshasa and there was sustained gunfire in the country’s second city of Lubumbashi. Kinshasa ground almost to a halt Tuesday with people staying at home as groups of youths burnt tyres and built barricades on the streets, AFP reporters said.

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