In eastern Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, rocked by violence for years, UN peacekeepers have killed at least two people and injured several others. Yesterday, some of the peacekeepers on the peacekeeping mission opened fire for “inexplicable reasons”, the UN mission MONUSCO said. The arrests have already been made.
Video footage shared online from the eastern village of Kasindi, near the Ugandan border, shows blue helmets behind a barrier starting to fire after a verbal altercation with several men. Joel Kitausa, civil society leader in Kasindi, told AFP that two people had died and 14 were injured. A government official said in the evening that two people were killed and 15 others were injured.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “saddened and dismayed” by the incident and asked for clarification. MONUSCO director Bintou Keita said she was “deeply shocked and shocked by this serious incident”. According to the UN mission, the countries of origin of the military have already been contacted in order to start investigations as soon as possible.