Ban saddened by deaths of Indian peacekeepers in Congo

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 23:47

United Nations: Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of three Indian
peacekeepers in Congo when rebel forces attacked their base
in Kirumba province of the central African nation.

"The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences
to the Government of India and to the families of the three
soldiers," he said.
"The Secretary-General condemns the assault and calls
on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to
launch an immediate investigation into this incident and
ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly identified and
brought to justice," Ban said in a statement issued by his
office.

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 UN said that at least six others were injured in
surprise attacks by "unidentified armed men" in Kirumba, an
eastern province of North Kivu.

Indian army officials in New Delhi, however, said that
the men belonged to the militia group Mayi Mayi.

The incident took place happened when around 50-60
suspected rebels of militia group ?MAYI-MAYI? attacked the
unit base in Kirumba province in Congo around 6.20 a.m. (IST)
today.

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.

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

Last month, Lieutenant-General Chander Prakash, was
appointed as the Force Commander of MONUSCO.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 23:47

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