A government spokesman says members of a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates.

Witnesses said gunfire was heard near the prison in Kinshasa, As Ne Muanda Nsemi and other inmates escaped.

He is a self-styled prophet who was arrested in March following clashes between his supporters and police.

Reports say he wants to revive the pre-colonial Kongo kingdom in DR Congo.

He was an MP when he was arrested in Kinshasa after police accused him of inciting violence.

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