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Congo-Brazzaville: Attacks blamed on Ninja militia group

Smoke rises near the compound of the local government office of Makelekele, which was set on fire by opposition supporters, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, April 4, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A government office in the Makelekele district of Brazzaville was set on fire early on Monday morning

The Congolese government has blamed attacks on government buildings in the capital, Brazzaville, on the Ninja militia group.

Security forces were deployed on Monday morning and heavy gunfire was heard in the streets

The Ninjas were a major anti-government force in the 1997-99 civil war.

The violence comes weeks after Denis Sassou Nguesso won a third presidential term in a poll that the opposition said was marred by "massive fraud".

At least one police station and a government building were attacked in the Makelekele district.

The Ninjas were loyal to former Prime Minister Bernard Kolelas, the father of Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who stood in the presidential election in March and got 15% of the vote.

Mr Sassou Nguesso, in power for more than 30 years, won the election with 60% of the vote.

Reuters news agency reports that on Monday morning young opposition supporters were chanting "Sassou, leave!" in Makelekele , which is in the south of the capital city.

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Image caption People were seen fleeing the clashes in the southern part of Brazzaville

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