At least 14 peacekeepers killed, more than 53 wounded in eastern Congo attack: UN officials

Residents chant slogans against Congolese President Joseph Kabila as peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrol during demonstrations in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

At least 14 United Nations peacekeeping soldiers were killed and several injured in a militant attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN official and a member of a Congolese activist group said on Friday. Most of the soldiers dead were from Tanzania, at least five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the attack.

The attack occurred in Congo’s North Kivu province, which has remained a hotbed of armed militias, who continue to battle for control over the mineral-rich countryside despite the end of a major war over a decade and a half ago.

The region’s deadliest rebel group has been blamed for the attacks. UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that the attack is followed by a recent increase in activities by various armed groups. “We are disturbing them,” he said, “They do not like it.”



Source:  News agencies