UN Peacekeepers Lay Down Their Lives In Democratic Republic Of Congo Before A Team Of Rebels

An attack on a UN convoy by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to be responsible for the killing of two peacekeepers from Tanzania and injuring several others. The attack took place around Oicha, a town 20km north of Beni, as per a news release by the United Nations.

Rebels owing allegiance to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are said to be responsible for the attacks.  The United Nations has come out hard against the attacks against ‘blue helmets’. This is a reference to the helmets used by peacekeepers.

A similar attack was conducted on a UN helicopter while the mission's commander was aboard. The chopper landed safely despite the attack. The UN accepts its responsibility of protecting civilians from armed militia. It is also to counter attacks by other armed groups in the area.

The local army has the full support of the UN in its battle with Ugandan rebels in eastern Congo. Eastern Congo is still struggling to get to its feet after its tryst with militants killed millions between 1998 and 2003. Continued presence of militants in the area has made it a dangerous place, although Congo is rich in reservoirs of gold and diamond.

An investigation into the incident has been ordered. Sixteen rebels claiming to be from the ADF were killed in clashes with the military in the region. In another incident, hostages were beaten to death, following which an operation was launched by the Congolese army and UN troops against the rebels.  More than 50 people have died in the area since January 1.


 

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