November 28, 2011 / 11:55 AM / in 6 years

Polling stations attacked in Congo provinces

KINSHASA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Masked gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at a polling station in Lubumbashi, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga mining province, the governor of the province said as presidential elections took place on Monday.

Separately, locals burnt down three polling stations in the neighbouring opposition heartland of West Kasai and an election observer was badly injured in crowd violence, Congolese electoral monitoring group RENOSEC said on Monday.

“Everything is under control,” Katanga Governor Moise Katumbi told Reuters by telephone, adding that three of the gunmen had been arrested and were being questioned. There were no reports of casualties in the attack. (reporting by Jonny Hogg; writing by Bate Felix; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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