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UN official deplores loss of life during incident in DR Congo

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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Bintou Keita deplored on Sunday the loss of life and injuries during an incident early Sunday in Kasindi, a border town between the DRC and Uganda, in the northeastern part of the country.

According to a press release by Bintou Keita, who also heads the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO, during this incident, soldiers from the Intervention Brigade of the MONUSCO opened fire at the border post for unexplained reasons, which caused the loss of life and serious injuries.

Without giving specific numbers of the casualties, the UN envoy underlines that faced with this unspeakable and irresponsible behavior, the perpetrators of the shooting have been identified and arrested pending the conclusions of the ongoing investigation in collaboration with the Congolese authorities.

“Contacts have also been established with the country of origin of these soldiers so that legal proceedings can be initiated urgently with the participation of victims and witnesses so that exemplary sanctions can be taken as soon as possible”, adds the press release.

On Sunday morning, a UN military convoy was blocked by demonstrators at the border town, which remained closed for reasons still unknown. A few minutes later, MONUSCO soldiers broke through the barrier and fired several bullets into the air to clear the way among a hundred demonstrators who wanted to block the road, which caused the loss of life and injuries.

Since Monday, tensions have been on the rise with demonstrations across the country demanding MONUSCO’s exit from the DRC. At least 15 people have been killed during the demonstrations that got violent, including a peacekeeper and two UN police officers on Tuesday in the city of Butembo, in the province of North Kivu, according to the Congolese government. Enditem

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