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Report: Plane crash that killed 20 people departing DRC caused by loose crocodile
News Briefs — Africa

Report: Plane crash that killed 20 people departing DRC caused by loose crocodile

An investigation into a plane crash that claimed the lives of at least 20 people after it departed the Democratic Republic of Congo 12 years ago was reportedly due to a crocodile that got loose on the plane. According to Jeune Afrique, the plane crashed on Aug. 25, 2010 after most of the weight in the cabin shifted when frightened passengers tried to get away from the crocodile. The crocodile was believed to have been smuggled on board the plane in a carry-on bag but got free. One person survived the crash, as well as the crocodile, which was later killed by authorities. More about the deadly plane crash can be found here.
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Belgian officials to return remains of Congo’s assassinated first leader — more than 60 years later

A tooth — the only remains left behind of Patrice Lumumba, The Democratic Republic of the Congo's first elected leader — was returned to his family during a ceremony in Belgium. Lumumba was the first democratically-elected Prime Minister of the DRC when Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960. His leadership was short-lived; Lumumba was assassinated by Belgian operatives who attempted a coup. Lumumba, the handsome and charismatic leader who captivated an entire continent, was tortured and killed. His body is believed to have been dissolved in acid. A tooth, the only known remains of Lumumba’s body, was taken by a Belgian police officer who brought it to Belgium as a memento. Lumumba’s children came to Belgium last week to reclaim their father’s tooth two years after his daughter...