14 UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo attack

ANI | Updated: Dec 08, 2017 23:05 IST

Kinshasa [Congo], December 8 (ANI): At least 14 peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on the United Nations (UN) base in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

"It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory," Sky News reported, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq as saying.

At least five Congolese soldiers were also killed in the incident.

However, the dead UN peacekeepers were mainly from Tanzania.

The attack has been reportedly carried out by rebels from the anti-government Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

None of the Indian peacekeepers were wounded in the attack, confirmed the Indian Army.

Writing on Twitter, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said that he was "outraged" by the attack and reinforcements had been sent to the scene and medical evacuations were underway.

DR Congo has suffered years of instability with rival groups fighting for control of territory. (ANI)