Three Indian peacekeepers killed in Congo

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 15:27

New Delhi: Three Indian soldiers, who
were part of the UN peacekeeping force in Congo, were killed
and seven others injured when rebel forces attacked their base
in Kirumba province of the central African nation on Wednesday.

The soldiers were from the 19 Kumaon Regiment of the
Army and were deployed in Congo as part of the United Nations
peacekeeping force, Army officials said here.

"The incident happened when around 50-60 suspected
rebels of militia group `MAYI-MAYI` attacked the unit base in
Kirumba province in Congo around 01:50 hrs Congo standard
time today," they added.

While a small group of four to five members distracted
the guard on duty by striking a conversation with him, the
remaining members of the rebel group attacked the periphery of
the post from the surrounding jungle, officials said.

After five minutes of attack, the rebels fled into the
forest, taking advantage of darkness, they said.

The 19 Kumaon Regiment has been deployed in Congo
since February this year.

With over 3,500 soldiers deployed under the 301
Infantry Brigade Group, India has the largest contingent of
troops as part of the UN peacekeeping force MONUSCO in Congo.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 15:27

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