Attack on Indian UN peacekeepers by Congolese rebels

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Two Indian Army peacekeepers sustained injuries after 30 heavily armed militants attack their post in the troubled North Kivu province in Congo, but Indian forces managed to kill three of the militants after a fierce gunfight.

According to the UN Spokesperson, 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.

Hazukay said later that United Nations helicopters were shelling rebel positions inside Virunga National Park as Congolese troops fought to recover a stretch of road from the rebels. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis in the locality.

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The UN did not specify the nationality of the dead soldiers or the injured.

The secretary-general urged the DRC authorities to swiftly investigate these incidents in the North Kivu province and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Referring to a village near the city of Beni, Spokeswoman for the UN Congo Mission, Florence Marchal, said "I can confirm an attack on the MONUSCO base at Mamundioma this morning which killed one peacekeeper and injured 12".

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The fighting, which began this weekend, is a fresh outbreak of violence for a region plagued by ethnic tensions and massacres that killed more than 800 people between 2014-2016.

Several dozen local and foreign armed groups stand accused of serious rights abuses against civilians, such as rape, killings and abductions.

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