Mass Prison Escape in Congo

    Opposition supporters burn tires and barricade a road in protest after armed men set ablaze an independent television station that the government had previously tried to silence, in Kinshasa, Congo, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Police fired on protesters after two early morning attacks Tuesday in which people ransacked and looted the offices of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi and armed men burned the RLTV television station, taking it off the air. On Monday, Tshisekedi supporters had ransacked the headquarters of President Joseph Kabila's party and set two cars ablaze. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

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    Gunmen attacked a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday, freeing nearly 1,000 prisoners. The masked attackers sought to break out the former commander of the Mai Mai militia, Gedeon Kyungu Mutanga. While police have caught 152 of the escaped prisoners, Mutanga is still on the loose. Prison breaks are common in Congo: last year 200 prisoners escaped from jails.

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