UN chief condemns killing of Tanzanian peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Tanzanian peacekeepers in the DRC

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the recent killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to a statement by the UN Spokespersons' Office on Sunday, the peacekeeper came under fire from the M23 rebel movement in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It says the attacks occurred as the UN mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), supported action by the Congolese army to protect civilians on the Kiwanja-Rutshuru axis, 25 kilometres north of Goma.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim and to the government of Tanzania.

On Friday, clashes broke out between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels around Kibumba, 15 kilometres north of Goma.

MONUSCO says the fighting resulted in 5,000 civilians crossing the border into Rwanda.

The United Nations says it remains committed to taking all necessary actions, in line with a Security Council resolution, to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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