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14 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Congo Attack

14 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Congo Attack
(AP)

Friday, 08 December 2017 11:26 AM

DAKAR, Senegal — A United Nations spokesman says 14 peacekeepers have been killed and over 40 wounded in an attack in eastern Congo.

Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says at least five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the attack in North Kivu province.

Haq says the peacekeepers are mainly from the Tanzanian contingent.

"It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory," Haq says.

The U.N. 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.

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

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A United Nations spokesman says 14 peacekeepers have been killed and over 40 wounded in an attack in eastern Congo. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says at least five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the attack in North Kivu province....
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