Zaire troops end parliament siege

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KINSHASA (AFP) - Gunfire broke out in a residential part of central Kinshasha yesterday, with troops surrounding the residence of the parliamentary speaker hours after the lifting of a siege of the parliament.

The gunfire, during which streets were closed off by armed soldiers, later died down, and there were no reports of injuries.

The speaker, Archbishop Laurent Mosengwo, said that following the lifting of the siege at the People's Palace, some of the 300 delegates who had been held captive since Wednesday came to his house to congratulate him.

As they arrived at his residence, he said, troops appeared and begin shooting and launching tear-gas grenades.