The United Nations has confirmed 14 of its peacekeepers have been killed and more than 40 injured in a military attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The UN has described the attack as ‘worst in recent memory’ and said five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the fighting.
Farhan Haq, a UN spokesman, said: ‘The peacekeepers are mainly from the Tanzanian contingent, it’s a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory.’
UN Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the attack occurred in North Kivu province of the war-torn African nation.
Mr Lacroix did not identify the culprits but said he is ‘outraged’ by the attack and revealed medical evacuations from the incident are ongoing.
The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo is the largest in the world and is supposed to be calming a number of armed groups in the country.
Radio Okapi, which is linked to the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission, reported peacekeepers repelled an attack by fighters with the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group on a UN base.
The Beni base is home to the peacekeeping mission’s rapid intervention force, which has a rare UN mandate to go on the offensive.
The radio station reported fighting lasted four hours Congolese forces did not intervene because the closest ones were several miles away.
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