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Congo forces repel attacks at 3 sites in capital

From Nana Karikari-apau and Elwyn Lopez, CNN
December 30, 2013 -- Updated 2338 GMT (0738 HKT)
Soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo Army patrol in a vehicle after gunfire erupted on December 30 in the capital.
Soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo Army patrol in a vehicle after gunfire erupted on December 30 in the capital.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gunmen storm the airport, state TV headquarters and army headquarters
  • At least 34 attackers are killed, the Interior Ministry says
  • Security is beefed up in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo

(CNN) -- Armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo beat back dozens of gunmen who stormed three key locations in the capital Monday.

Armed men attacked the country's airport, state TV headquarters and army headquarters in Kinshasa.

At least 34 assailants were killed, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

The statement called on "victims of this terrorist attack ... to know that the assailants had no other purpose than to create panic and terror on the eve of celebrations so important to our culture."

In response, it said that security had been beefed up in the capital.

African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma condemned the attacks, stressing the AU's commitment to support Congolese efforts to consolidate peace, security and stability.

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