UN brigade in Congo opened fireplace at border submit, killing two

The incident on the Congo – Uganda border submit in Kasindi within the restive japanese a part of the nation is the most recent involving the peacekeeping mission in Congo, often called MONUSCO, which has come beneath strain from days of protests.

It was not clear why the troopers opened fireplace.

“This serious incident has caused loss of life and serious injuries,” Bintou Keita, Particular Consultant of the Secretary Basic of the United Nations in Congo, stated in a press release.

Keita and the Congolese authorities stated an investigation had begun and the suspected perpetrators arrested.

“Faced with this unspeakable and irresponsible behaviour, the perpetrators of the shooting were identified and arrested pending the conclusions of the investigation which has already started in collaboration with the Congolese authorities,” Keita stated.

She added contact had been made with the nation of origin of the troopers in order that authorized proceedings will be initiated urgently. She didn’t title the nation.

Congo’s authorities stated in a press release {that a} provisional investigation confirmed two Congolese have been killed and 15 others have been injured.

“The government, together with MONUSCO, have launched an investigation to know the reasons for such crime and obtain severe punishments,” authorities spokesman Patrick Muyaya, stated within the assertion.

He stated the peacekeepers concerned within the incident would not be a part of MONUSCO contingents pending the end result of a plan for your complete pressure to withdraw from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

MONUSCO took over from an earlier UN operation in 2010. MONUSCO had greater than 12,000 troops and 1,600 police deployed as of November 2021, and has been regularly pulling out for years.

Since protests started final Monday, at the least 20 individuals, together with three peacekeepers have been killed.

The protests have been spurred by complaints that the mission has failed to guard civilians in opposition to militia violence that has raged for years within the area.