More than 70 inmates have again broken out of a prison in southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, two days after thousands escaped from the capital’s main penitentiary.
Prison breaks are relatively common in Congo, but the latest series of large-scale escapes points to deepening disorder in the wake of President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power after his mandate ended in December.
Prison officials say 10 of the prisoners had been recaptured by early afternoon.
About 4,000 prisoners had escaped from Kinshasa’s Makala prison On Wednesday, when it was stormed by supporters of a jailed separatist cult leader.
Authorities recaptured 179 of the fugitives.