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DRC President Reportedly Received Poisoned Mail, French Investigation Underway


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DRC President Reportedly Received Poisoned Mail, French Investigation Underway

DRC President Reportedly Received Poisoned Mail, French Investigation Underway

The president of the DRC would have escaped a poisoning attempt by receiving the mail containing a letter and a newspaper containing traces of cyanide.

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The DRC president reportedly escaped a cyanide poisoning attempt, Politico reported. The events took place on November 12, but the Congolese media only revealed the facts now. The suspicious mail arrived at Felix Tshisekedi’s office in the capital, Kinshasa. Alerted by the director of the office, the police forensic experts recovered the A4 envelope containing a letter and a newspaper. “An organic compound odor” was detected inside the newspaper, according to the police report. The analyzes established the presence of cyanide ions, a toxic substance that is deadly to humans even in small quantities. Origin of the letter According to the police report, the letter came “from an international organization based in France”. The name did not leak. The foreign minister has summoned the French ambassador to the DRC for talks, according to media reports. The poisonous letter arrived as the DRC tried to repel further attacks by the M23 terrorist group in the east of the country in late October.

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The Congolese presidency received a letter addressed to the head of state containing cyanide, according to the Congolese publication Politico. “He was sent by an international organization based in France,” police said. The French ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was then summoned.

The DRC president reportedly escaped a cyanide poisoning attempt, Politico reported. The events took place on November 12, but the Congolese media only revealed the facts now.

The suspicious mail arrived at Felix Tshisekedi’s office in the capital, Kinshasa. Alerted by the director of the office, the police forensic experts recovered the A4 envelope containing a letter and a newspaper. “An organic compound odor” was detected inside the newspaper, according to the police report.

The analyzes established the presence of cyanide ions, a toxic substance that is deadly to humans even in small quantities.

Origin of the letter

According to the police report, the mail came from “an international organization based in France”. The name did not leak.

“At the moment, we have officially contacted our French partners, because of our good relations, to clarify this matter,” explained a Congolese government official.

The foreign minister has summoned the French ambassador to the DRC for talks, according to media reports.

The poisonous letter arrived as the DRC tried to repel further attacks by the M23 terrorist group in the east of the country in late October.



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