Fourteen UN peacekeepers killed in Democratic Republic of Congo attack

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

14 United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and 40 wounded in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have said.

The peacekeepers are mainly from the Tanzanian contingent, he added. At least five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the attack.

United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said he is "outraged" by the attack and that medical evacuations are ongoing.

"Our thoughts and prayers with families and our colleagues in MONUSCO (peacekeeping mission)", Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping said. He said on Twitter that medical evacuations were ongoing from the scene. Congo President Joseph Kabila has outstayed his late 2016 term limit, with new elections repeatedly delayed, most recently until late 2018.

However, unconfirmed reports said the peacekeepers had fought off an assault by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the Mbau-Kamango area on Thursday. The base is home to the peacekeeping mission's rapid intervention force, which has a rare mandate to go on the offensive. It reported that Congolese forces did not intervene because the closest ones were several miles away.