UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in DRC

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday strongly
condemned Friday’s attack on UN peacekeepers in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC), which left one Pakistani blue helmet
dead, Trend
reports citing Xinhua.

“The secretary-general recalls that attacks against United
Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime under international
law. He calls on the Congolese authorities to investigate this
incident and swiftly bring those responsible to justice,” said
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, in a statement.

Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the
fallen peacekeeper and to the government and people of Pakistan,
said the statement.

He reaffirmed that the United Nations will continue to support
the Congolese government and people in their efforts to bring about
peace and stability in the east of the country.

Twirwaneho combatants were suspected to have carried out the
attack against a Company Operating Base of the UN peacekeeping
mission in the DRC in Minembwe of South Kivu province, according to
the statement.

The Twirwaneho militia is one of over 120 armed groups in
volatile eastern DRC.

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