Sustained gunfire has broken out near the main prison in the Democratic republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, residents and activists have said, AFP news agency reports.
It quoted prisoners’ rights activist Emmanuel Cole as saying:
For about an hour, there’s been shooting around the Makala prison, there’s no more traffic and the avenues are empty here in Selembao.”
The prison is located in Selembao, a poor neighbourhood in Kinshasa.
A wave of attacks have taken place on prisons in DR Congo to free inmates.
In May, more than 3,000 prisoners were believed to have escaped from Makala prison.