Salt Lake City car dealer killed after leading violent coup to overthrow Congolese government

A Salt Lake City car dealer was killed after leading a violent coup attempt to overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government.

Christian Malanga, 41, who moved to the United States at age 15 and gained citizenship, was killed by government forces in the capital of Kinshasa after resisting arrest at the presidential palace, Congolese army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge told the Associated Press. Six others were killed during the coup attempt, including four attackers and two guards.

Congolese security forces secure the streets after Congo’s army said it has “foiled a coup” and arrested the perpetrators, following a shootout, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Samy Ntumba Shambuyi, File)

The Congolese army found a U.S. passport on Malanga’s body and identified three other Americans among the group, including Malanga’s 21-year-old son, Marcel Malanga, one of
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