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Katanga, the southernmost part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rich in minerals and once home to the Yeke Kingdom. The region seceded from Congo a few days after that country's independence from Belgium in 1960. The state, protected by Belgian mining industrialists and foreign mercenaries, was led by Moise Tshombe. Katanga was reincorporated into Congo after a Congolese and UN military campaign.