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Security boosted at Italian embassy in Kinshasa

Rising concern for stranded families with adopted children

30 December, 17:05
Security boosted at Italian embassy in Kinshasa (ANSA) - Rome, December 30 - Security has been ramped up at the Italian embassy in Kinshasa amid rising concern for Italian families stuck in the Democratic Republic of Congo with their adopted children and a worsening security situation in the country, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Monday. For a month and a half, 24 Italian families have been prevented to return to Italy with their adopted Congolese children after the government announced a suspension of adoptions to several countries. The measure followed reports of some Congolese children being adopted by gay or single parents, which is not allowed in Congo.

Meanwhile on Monday the country's army repulsed attacks on state TV headquarters, the international airport and a military base in Kinshasa which authorities said were carried out by gunmen.

Troops reportedly also clashed with militants near Lubumbashi in the mineral-rich Katanga province.

Bonino the situation in the country was now almost entirely under control.