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Government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have retaken control of statetelevision, and the situation in the capital Kinshasa is under control, a government spokesman has told Reuters.
Earlier, there were reports that several people had been taken hostage by armed men at the TV station as well as heavy gunfire at the international airport.
There has been heavy gunfire at the international airport in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, a customs official has told Reuters.
It came minutes after witnesses reported gunmen attacking the headquarters of its state radio and television.
The official told Reuters: "Shooting has started here. They are shooting everywhere. We are all hiding."
Several people have been taken hostage by armed youths at state television headquarters in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to AFP.
Before the station's television feed was shut down, two presenters were seen on screen, under threat from a young man standing behind them.
Police spokesman colonel Mwana Mputu told the news agency: "They are armed with machetes and guns. They have taken reporters hostage. An operation is under way to dislodge them,"
Witnesses have reported hearing heavy gunfire at the headquarters of Democratic Republic of Congo's state radio and television station.
Both channels were off air after the shooting was heard.
State television journalists at the site said the Congolese army had launched an attack on the building to dislodge unidentified assailants.