Over a dozen UN Blue Helmets killed in Congo

Peacekeepers with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.(Archive – MINUSCA)

At least 15 United Nations peacekeepers (blue helmets) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured.

The Secretary-General António Guterres described the incident as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history, adding “These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime”

On Thursday, a MONUSCO (the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC) Company Operating Base at Semuliki in Beni territory, North Kivu, was attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements.

Guterres called on the DRC authorities to start a probe to investigate the incident so justice may take its course, stressing “There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else,” according to the UN website.

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