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U.S. Warns Americans in Congo

January 17, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. officials warned Americans in Congo’s capital, Kinshasha, to stay indoors Tuesday night after a President Laurent Kabila was shot.

The U.S. Embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo has 55 Americans in its diplomatic community. No overall estimate was immediately available of the number of U.S. citizens there.

Neither the White House nor the State Department had an immediate comment on the shooting. One official said the United States was urging all parties to the trouble in the rebellious central African country ``not to take advantage of the situation for their benefit.″

In Kinshasha, the U.S. Embassy spread word to residents through its local emergency information dissemination system to ``Americans living in Congo to remain in their residences,″ the U.S. official said.

The embassy, however, reported to Washington that the capital remained calm Tuesday night.

With the airport closed, Sabena, the Belgian airline, canceled its regular Wednesday flight into Kinshasha, the official said.

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