United Nations: A small passenger plane carrying UN staff members crashed Monday in Congo and broke into pieces, killing at least 26 people aboard, a United Nations spokesman said.
UN peacekeeping spokesman Nick Birnback said that the death toll could rise. He said the plane was carrying an assortment of UN staff, including peacekeepers.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The UN mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, includes more than 19,000 uniformed peacekeeping troops. The mission is charged with protecting civilians in the conflict-torn country from violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.