The Congolese authorities confirmed on Sunday the release of the women and children arrested during the operation to arrest cult leader Ne Muanda Nsemi in Kinshasa last Friday.
Nsemi is the leader of a religious and social movement that seeks to restore the Kingdom of the Congo, which has dominated the shores of the Congo for centuries. Followers of his group, Reunion Congo (Bundu dia Kongo or BDK), have been involved in various clashes with the security forces in recent years.
The operation was ordered after 14 members of this group died after a police confrontation. After an unsuccessful attempt to arrest him non-violently, the security forces finally broke into his home.
At least eight police officers were injured and more than 200 people arrested, including women and children in the group.