3 Americans Arrested

(StraightShooterNews.com) – 3 Americans have been arrested alongside about 50 other individuals during a failed coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the nation’s military, the coup was orchestrated by Christian Malanga, an opposition leader who was in exile, and was swiftly thwarted by security forces.

Christian Malanga was killed during the assault on the presidential palace, as stated by army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge. Among those arrested was Malanga’s son, who holds American citizenship.

Now in custody, the attackers are undergoing interrogation by the specialized services of the Congolese armed forces, Ekenge added.

A troubling video on social media showed one of the detained Americans, identified only as a white male with visible injuries, surrounded by Congolese soldiers.

US Ambassador to Congo Lucy Tamlyn expressed her alarm over the American citizens’ involvement in the coup.

“I am shocked by the events of this morning and very concerned by reports of American citizens allegedly involved,” Tamlyn stated on social media. “Please be assured that we will cooperate with the DRC authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate these criminal acts and hold accountable any US citizen involved in criminal acts.”

This violent outbreak disrupts a tense political climate following President Felix Tshisekedi’s controversial re-election.

His administration has been criticized for a lack of transparency in the electoral process and is currently operating without a full government.

The failed coup attempt on the government began near the residence of Vital Kamerhe, a legislator and candidate for speaker of the National Assembly.

His security detail repelled the attackers in a firefight that resulted in casualties on both sides.

Opposition leader Malanga was notably active until his last moments. He appeared in a defiant livestream from the presidential palace and declared, “Felix, you’re out. We are coming for you.”

In response to the day’s events, the United Nations’ mission in Congo under Bintou Keita condemned the attempted coup and offered support to Congolese officials in restoring order.

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