Police in the capital, Kinshasa said several officers were injured in the raid [FILE: Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP]

Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has arrested Ne Muanda Nsemi, a self-styled prophet and leader of a separatist religious sect, following heavy gunfire in the capital Kinshasa.

The arrest of Nsemi on Friday took place after clashes with police on Wednesday in a neighbouring province, in which 14 BDK members died.


Nsemi, a former member of parliament whose Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) group dreams of restoring the Kongo kingdom that thrived for centuries before the colonial era around the mouth of the Congo River, has a strong following in western Congo and has been a thorn in the side of successive governments.


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