Killing of Tanzanian UN peacekeepers in DRC condemned

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An armored personnel carrier on patrol near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti (file)

The killing of two Tanzanian peacekeepers serving in the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The peacekeepers were attacked while on patrol in the village of Kikiki, in North Kivu province in the east of the country.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The two Tanzania soldiers were killed on Tuesday when their patrol was ambushed and came under fire from suspected Uganda-based rebels known as the Allied Democratic Forces or ADF.

Four other peacekeepers were reported missing while an additional 13 were injured in the attack.

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings and what he called the atrocities perpetrated by the ADF against defenceless civilians.

The ambush was the second assault on peacekeepers in the area in 48 hours after a helicopter carrying the UN military chief was fired upon by unidentified gunmen on Monday.

The UN mission in the DR Congo, MONUSCO, has been mandated to protect civilians and neutralize armed groups in the east of the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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