World Bulletin / News Desk
Three soldiers of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) have been kidnapped, a UN spokesperson said Friday.
The soldiers were kidnapped on Thursday in Kibumba, 30km away from Goma, the capital of North Kivu, Sylvestre Kilolo told The Anadolu Agency.
He said the three soldiers were part of MONUSCO's landmines section and that they went to the area to check a landmine field.
According to Kilolo, the three peacekeepers – two Congolese soldiers and a Zimbabwean – were attacked by unidentified people as they returned from Goma and were taken into the woods.
This is the first attack on UN peacekeepers in the area, according to Kilolo.
In other news, at least five people were killed and scores of homes burned down in an attack by Ugandan rebels in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday, a military source has said.
Rebels from the Democratic Forces Alliance staged an attack early morning on Kithevya village, the source told The Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.
The regional director of NGO Convention for the Respect of Human Rights, Paluku Ngahangondi, has confirmed the attack.
"Five people were killed and scores of homes were burnt down in the attack," he told AA.
Congolese authorities have yet to comment on the attack.
In January, the DRC army – backed by UN troops – managed to recapture northern areas earlier held by the Ugandan rebels.
The rebels, who oppose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, used to stage occasional attacks against DRC civilians.
Before October of 2014, the rebels – who oppose to the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – had carried out multiple attacks in Beni that left 325 people dead, according to a 2014 Human Rights Watch report.Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2015, 15:01