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14 UN peacekeepers are killed in attack in Eastern Congo

  • The attack occurred in North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • UN’s peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said he is ‘outraged’ by the attack
  • He did not identify the attackers, but said medical evaluations are ongoing 

Fourteen peacekeepers have been killed and more than 40 have been wounded in an attack in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN’s peacekeeping chief said.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the attack occurred in North Kivu province late on Thursday night.

Peacekeepers had repelled an attack by fighters with the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group on a UN base in the Beni area, reported Radio Okapi, which is linked to the peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO,.

The base is home to the peacekeeping mission’s rapid intervention force, which has a rare mandate to go on the offensive.

The radio station, citing military sources, said fighting lasted four hours. It reported that Congolese forces did not intervene because the closest ones were several miles away.

Mr Lacroix said he is ‘outraged’ by the attack and that medical evacuations are ongoing. He did not identify the attackers. 

The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo is the largest and most expensive in the world and is aimed at calming a number of armed groups in the vast, mineral-rich Central African nation.