World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


DR Of Congo: UN Peacekeepers Kill 50, Destroy Camp

UN Peacekeepers In Eastern DR Of Congo Return Fire, Kill 50 Militiamen, Destroy Camps

United Nations peacekeepers in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) came under attack yesterday while carrying out a search and cordon operation, returned fire and killed at least 50 militia fighters, a UN spokesman said today.

About 240 peacekeepers from Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa in the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were travelling near the village of Loga in Ituri district when they were fired upon. Air support was being provided by India, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing in New York.

He said at least 50 militia members were killed and two UN peacekeepers were wounded in the ensuing firefight. The two MONUC soldiers were sent to South Africa for care.

MONUC had a right to protect itself when shot at, he added, noting that the operation was part of the Mission's more robust approach to normalize the situation and to protect the civilian population.

According to MONUC's Radio Okapi, a mission spokesman, Lt. Col. Dominique Demange, said about 30 light weapons were seized by the UN "blue helmets."

Two militia camps, one of which was believed to be the battalion headquarters of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI), were destroyed in the operation designed to protect the civilian population from militias "who had been terrorizing the civilian population," Mr. Dujarric said.

MONUC has said various militias have been looting and extorting the local population.

FNI is a militia dominated by the Lendu ethnic group, which has been battling against members of the Hema ethnic group seizing their land.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news