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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 22:33 GMT 23:33 UK
DR Congo 'Kabila killers' escape
Former Congolese President Laurent Kabila
Laurent Kabila was shot dead in 2001
A group of prisoners convicted for the assassination of former DR Congo President Laurent Kabila have escaped from a jail near the capital Kinshasa.

The 14 soldiers had been sentenced to death for their role in the 2001 murder. They were among scores of people convicted for Mr Kabila's death.

Authorities say an investigation is now underway into exactly how the inmates managed to escape.

Mr Kabila was the father of the current DR Congo president.

He was shot dead in the presidential palace in Kinshasa by one of his bodyguards, who was killed minutes later by security forces.

A security source told the Reuters news agency that the inmates "escaped through the back gate. It seems that this was orchestrated from inside".

Their disappearance comes ahead of Sunday's presidential run-off vote between current President Joseph Kabila and former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Country profile: Democratic Republic of Congo
24 Oct 06 |  Country profiles

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