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ADF Rebels Kill UN Peace Keepers in DRC

MONUSCO Special Forces conducting a training in fast-roping for future aircraft operations in Sake, North Kivu Province (UN photo)
MONUSCO Special Forces conducting a training in fast-roping for future aircraft operations in Sake, North Kivu Province. Two of the "blue helmet) officers were killed yesterday in an ADF Raid (UN photo)

The Uganda Islamist rebel group, Allied Democratic Force on Monday launched a deadly attack on the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Democratic Republic of Congo, killing two and injuring several others.

According to a statement from the UN headquarters in New York, ADF militants pounced on the MONUSCO base in the eastern town of North Kivu.

“The attack was carried out this morning (local time) by suspected Allied Democratic Forces in Mamundioma, some 1,700 kilometers east of the capital, Kinshasa,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the regular news briefing in New York.

The Spokesman added that the injured peace keepers were evacuated from the frontline and airlifted to the regional capital of Goma for medical help.

 “The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated to Goma for medical assistance,” he added.

UN Spokesperson stressed that the Organization’s Stabilization Mission in the DRC (known by its French acronym, MONUSCO) has deployed attack helicopters as well as the Force Intervention Brigade in support of operations and to reinforce its presence.

It also deployed forces on the road between Kamango and Mbau to restore order and protect the populations of these towns.

Mamundioma was also the site of an attack on UN peacekeepers last month in which one UN peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and another injured.

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