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Tanzania urges United Nations to probe killings of peacekeepers in Congo

15 Décembre 2017

Kassim Majaliwa, the east African country's Prime Minister, made the appeal when he led hundreds of mourners in paying their last respects to the slain Tanzanian soldiers at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence and National Service in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

At least 14 peacekeepers were killed when a UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) Company Operating Base at Semuliki in Beni territory, in DRC's restive eastern North Kivu province, was attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements.

The event was attended by the UN's top peacekeeping official, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

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Defence Minister Hussein Mwinyi said the deceased soldiers have left a gap that will be hard to fill in and called upon the soldiers to unite and love each other following the incident.

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

"They knew that these armed groups that are preying on the population have no qualms about attacking United Nations peacekeepers and yet they placed their lives on the lines to serve the people of this region and of the DRC", he added. Secretary-General António Guterres has said that the attack constitutes a war crime.

Tanzania urges United Nations to probe killings of peacekeepers in Congo