UN Stabilization Mission in DRC comes under fire

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Seven peacekeepers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were wounded in an armed attack in South Kivu Monday.

They were treated for gunshot wounds, while a number of other peacekeepers were also injured after being hit by stones.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says 1,000 people surrounded the Mission's base, reportedly protesting against attacks by the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in the area.

"The Mission says elements of the Mayi-Mayi group, Rai Mutomboki, an armed self-defence group, may have been part of the protest and may have fired on the peacekeepers. The Mission is monitoring the situation and has sent reinforcements to the area, which is now reportedly calm but tense."

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