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People opposed to the government exchanged gunfire with police in the Republic of Congo capital of Brazzaville Monday.

A police station and a government building were attacked in the Makelekele district of the city, according to the BBC. Violence also occurred in the Bacongo neighborhood of Brazzaville.

The Associated Press reported that police battled militia fighters. Reuters news agency said that young, male Congolese who oppose President Denis Sassou Nguesso battled police.

There are no reports of injuries or deaths from Monday’s shootings.

A government official told the Associated Press the militia are known as the Ninjas. They take their name from an anti-government group in the 1998-1999 civil war.

The violence comes a month after Nguesso won re-election. Some accused him of “massive fraud” in the 2016 election.

He ruled the Republic of Congo from 1979 to 1992. He won disputed elections in 2002 and 2009.

I’m Jim Dresbach. reported on this story. Jim Dresbach adapted the report for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story

according - adv. as stated by or in

massive – adj. large in amount or degree

fraud – n. using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person