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DRC: Laurent Kabila, killed with a bullet to the head

In depth
This article is part of the dossier: ‘We killed the President!’

By Anna Sylvestre-Treiner
Posted on Friday, 12 November 2021 18:14

FILE PHOTO OF CONGO PRESIDENT LAURENT KABILA SPEAKS IN BRUSSELS.
Democratic Republic of the Congo President Laurent Kabila speaks during a news conference in Brussels in this November 25, 1998 file photo. BEN/APC/JDP

With the trial of the alleged killers of Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara’s underway since October, we take a look at the destinies of eight African presidents who were assassinated. In the seventh part of our series, we revisit the 16 January 2001 assassination of DRC ex-president Laurent-Désiré Kabila, who allegedly died at the hands of a bodyguard. 20 years on, his mysterious killing continues to confound the country.

This is part 7 of an 8-part series

Three shots ring out: bang, bang, bang. Time stands still as the sound of gunfire reverberates for hundreds of metres. It is just after 2pm on a Saturday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, when panic sets in at the Palais de Marbre (Marble Palace), where President Laurent-Désiré Kabila lives and works. The ruckus is emanating from his office.

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