Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DR Congo Military Base

Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On DR Congo Military Base”

Two Indian peacekeepers in Congo were injured when an armed militia attacked their post in the troubled North Kivu province, a statement said on Monday.

The killings have been blamed on a shadowy rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims.

Friday's attack, in which two rebels were also wounded, was a rare frontal assault on United Nations forces charged with protecting civilians in Congo's east, where dozens of armed groups exploit mineral resources and prey on local residents.

"The Mamundioma base was attacked at 5:30 am (0330 GMT)", the United Nations mission known by its French acronym MONUSCO said, referring to a village near the city of Beni.

The Congolese military said that Ugandan rebels also attacked three army camps north of Beni on Saturday.

"Friday's attack was a rare frontal assault on United Nations forces deployed for protecting civilians in Congo".

The nationalities of the dead and wounded were not immediately known. "We have not yet cleared the road", said army spokesperson Mak Hazukay, who did not give a death toll.

The fighting, which began this weekend, is a fresh outbreak of violence for a region plagued by ethnic tensions and massacres that killed more than 800 people between 2014-2016. He said the United Nations base houses Tanzanian peacekeepers that formed part of an intervention brigade which has a mandate to conduct offensive operations against militants. However, independent and United Nations experts say several armed groups as well as national army commanders have been involved.

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