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‘We killed the President!’

‘We killed the President!’

As the trial of the presumed assassins of Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara opened in October, we take a look back at the destinies of eight African presidents who were all assassinated while on duty. Eight men, who ascended the top peak, but paid for it with their lives.

FILE PHOTO OF CONGO PRESIDENT LAURENT KABILA SPEAKS IN BRUSSELS.

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

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.