DRC: Worst attack on peacekeepers

The attack on the United Nations peacekeepers has left 14 killed and more than 40 wounded  in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. officials said on Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

A UN official earlier on Friday had acknowledged that a “large number” of U.N. peacekeepers were killed or wounded in the attack in the North Kivu province late on Thursday.

The conflict broke out when the government refused to recognise a traditional chief who went by the title Kamuina Nsapu.

In aftermath of the rejection, he set up a militia but was killed in clashes. Since his death a number of Kamuina Nsapu militia factions have emerged, all fighting for different causes, but with authorities, which stay their common target.

More people have joined the fighting, which has spread to five provinces. Both security forces and the militias have been accused of gross human rights violations.

More than 3,000 people have been killed and the UN has discovered dozens of mass graves in the area.

 

 

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