7 United Nations peacekeepers were killed and 10 others injured on November 15th in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu region, near the city of Beni. 6 of the soldiers were from Malawi and the other from Tanzania.
The men were killed during a joint military operation with the DRC government against the Armed Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group based in the east of the country. The operation aimed to retake the rebel stronghold of Kididiwe. An unspecified number of DRC army soldiers and rebel fighters were also killed.
“I commend our peacekeepers for their service and sacrifices for the benefit of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We remain determined to maintain the initiative against the ADF and other negative forces in the area,” said Leila Zerrougui, a Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. The UN Mission has vowed to stop the atrocities committed by the ADF.
The ADF has brought instability to eastern Congo, currently affected by an Ebola outbreak where more than 300 cases have been confirmed.