Congo coup: Who are the Americans tied up in failed putsch?

A Utah high school football player, his friend, and a convicted drug trafficker are an unlikely trio swept up in a failed coup in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stuck in the country thanks to a former car dealer.

Christian Malanga, whose website touted his success setting up a car dealership in Utah, is believed to have recruited his son, his son’s friend, and a business associate who moonlighted as a marijuana dealer to help him overthrow the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government.

Congolese security forces secure the streets after Congolese army officials said it “foiled a coup” and arrested the perpetrators following a shootout on Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Six people were killed during brazen attacks. (AP Photo/Samy Ntumba
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