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Indian peacekeeper injured in UN operations in Congo

A rebel group attack has injured an Indian police peacekeeper serving in UN operations in an area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facing the ebola crisis, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Nov 20, 2018
A rebel group attack has injured an Indian police peacekeeper serving in UN operations in an area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facing the ebola crisis, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
 
He said on Monday that the attack was carried out by “suspected” Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Friday evening in the area of Boikene in North Kivu Province and the member of the Indian police unit stationed there was “lightly wounded,” he said.
 
A recent outbreak of ebola disease has intensified the crisis in the DRC that has been in the throes of ongoing battles with marauding rebel forces that have claimed the lives of 154 peacekeepers, 15 of them Indians.
 
The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told IANS in an interview on Friday that although Indian peacekeepers “are not part of the Force Intervention Brigade,” they they are active in other areas.
 
For example, “the Indians played a major role when the town of Uvira was attacked in repelling this attack,” he said.

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