ADF kill 14 UN peacekeepers in DR Congo

At least 14 United Nations peacekeepers were killed in the restive Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Friday, in the deadliest attack in the organisation’s recent history.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the peacekeepers, who were from neighbouring Tanzania, were killed in the North Kivu province late Thursday, adding that around 40 were wounded, including several critically.

« I condemn this attack unequivocally. These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime, » Guterres said in a statement.

Guterres put the death toll at « at least 12 » but a statement from the UN’s peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, said later that 14 were killed.

DR Congo’s huge eastern region has long been wracked by violence, but fighting between government soldiers and militia groups, as well as inter-ethnic clashes, has increased significantly this year.North Kivu province, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, has seen a particular uptick in killings and kidnappings between rival ethnic groups.The UN in October declared a level 3 emergency in DR Congo — a status afforded to conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

MONUSCO is believed to have been targeted on Thursday by the Ugandan Muslim rebel group ADF, one of several armed groups active in the North Kivu region, according to Congolese military sources.

Guterres said it was the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in the organisation’s recent history.

« I call on the DRC authorities to investigate this incident and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice, » he said. « There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else. »

He said at least five Congolese soldiers were also believed to have been killed in Thursday’s attack.

The medical evacuation of causalities is continuing, while military reinforcements have arrived on the scene, he said.


MONUSCO, a 18,000-member force, has suffered scores of attacks since its establishment in DR Congo, a vast, mineral-rich but chronically unstable nation home to myriad warring groups and ethnic groups.

The ADF was blamed for an ambush on UN peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo in October, which killed two peacekeepers and wounded 12.

The ADF has been accused by Kinshasa and the UN mission of killing more than 700 people in the Beni region since October 2014.

Human Rights Watch has documented more than 500 civilian deaths, at least 1,087 people kidnapped, and 11 reports of mass rape in North Kivu alone since June.

The UN estimates that more than four million people are internally displaced in DR Congo, and 922,000 people were forced to flee their homes last year — more than in any other country.

Guterres warned in October against budget cuts to MONUSCO, the UN’s largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission.

The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said on Twitter he was « outraged » by Thursday’s violence.

The country has also faced violence after President Joseph Kabila, who was supposed to step down after his final term last December, pushed back a new vote until December 2018.

Kabila, in power since 2001, told the UN General Assembly in September that he was moving « towards credible, transparent and peaceful elections » but concerns persist that tensions over the vote will escalate into large-scale violence.

« This latest attack highlights the urgency of helping people in need and addressing the volatile situation, » Guterres said.


By AFP, in, 08.12.2017
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Une réflexion au sujet de « ADF kill 14 UN peacekeepers in DR Congo »

  1. Etude Politique, Stratégique, Géopolitique, et Géostratégique pour la RDC.

    Thème : La Stratégie de Nommage au service de notre armée.

    Nabandaki kolakisa bino eloko nini ezali « Stratégie de Nommage » pe mosala na yango kobanda Etude oyo : « Bernard B. [] 21/05/2017 16:22:49
    Etude Politique, Stratégique, Géopolitique, et Géostratégique pour la RDC.
    Thème : La Stratégie de Nommage et la Stratégie du Semeur en RDC. » – Nazongelaki applications ya stratégie oyo mbala mingi. Lelo, nakolakisa application na yango na armée ya biso ya sika.

    Na RDC ya sika, armée ya biso ekozua kombo ya « Armée du Peuple ». Kombo oyo ekolakisa tè Armée ezali lisusu na bokonzi ya moto moko té, ekozala na bokonzi ya Peuple. Bato bakotiama po na kotambuisa armée bakozala na bokonzi ya Peuple. Boye, armée akoki lisusu kozua mitindo té ya koboma peuple. Par contre, soki peuple amoni tè bakonzi ya mboka bazali kotosa lisusu mibeko ya mboka té, peuple akoki kolanda ba procédures etiami na Constitution ya biso ya sika po na kolongola bakonzi wana na bokonzi na lisalisi ya « Armée du Peuple ». – Ba Institutions ebele ekelami na Constitution ya biso ya sika po na Peuple ; nabengi yango : « Les Institutions Rattachées au Peuple » ; ekeseni na « Les Institutions Rattachées à l’Etat ». – C’est l’une des grandes Réformes de notre nouveau Système Politique. – Il faut noter que tokozala na Système Politique ekeseni na Système Politique tozali na yango lelo, pe ezali na mboka mosusu té.

    Ezali na tina mingi tobanda kosalela kombo ya sika ya Armée ya biso sika oyo. Yango wana nazali kosenga na Général Yakutumba asolola na Mampinga ya biso po bazua kombo ya « Armée du Peuple » esika ya kombo ya « Ba Mai-Mai ».

    Kombo ya « Armée du Peuple » ekolakisa tè bozali Armée ya RDC, ezali ya ba Rebelles té. Par contre, kombo ya ba « Mai-Mai » ezali kotia confusion kati na bino na ba Rebelles to ba Mercenaires. Po na ko éviter confusion wana, esengeli bo changer kombo ya armée.

    Oyo ezali application mosusu ya Stratégie de Nommage. Mosala ya Stratégie oyo ezali ya kopesa Confiance na Peuple, pe kolakisa tè bozali kobunda contre un Usurpateur Tutsi-Rwandais na kombo ya Hippolyte Kanambe qui porte faussement le nom de Kabila Joseph. Il faut expliquer que le père de Hippolyte Kanambe est un Rwandais du nom de Christopher Kanambe, et non Laurent-Désiré Kabila. Son ADN prouvera qu’il n’est pas l’enfant de L.D.Kabila.

    Lisusu, Stratégie de Nommage oyo ekosalisa po likambo ya liwa ya bato ya Monusco ekueyela bino té. Boye, ekokota na molongo ya liwa ya ba Inspecteurs ya ONU baye bakufa na Kasaï. Lokola Kanambe akangami na Bokonzi, ekolakisa tè ezali kaka ye azali ko Recruter ba Mercenaires po na kobuma ba Congolais na bato ya ONU. – Rapport ya Human Rigths Watch elakisi yango polele.

    Soki boyokani po bolata kombo ya « Armée du Peuple », boyebisa ngayi po nasala « Association pour la Libération de la RDC ». Association oyo ekozala na tina ya ko représenter l’ « Armée du Peuple » na Monusco pe na ba Institutions Internationales, pe ekozala na mosala ya kolukela bino lisalisi. – Ngayi moko, na ba ndeko basusu, tokokamba Association wana. Soki bato ya « Opposition » bakeli « Parti Politique pour la Libération de la RDC (PPLC) » lokola nalakisi bango, ekozala lisusu malamu.

    Nayoki tè James Kabarebe ya Rwanda azali na Kinshasa depuis quelques jours ; voilà un gros poisson à manger au repas de Noël. Soki bozali na bato na Kinshasa, mangeons le repas de Noël pour vivre. – Vive « La Frappa » !

    Bernard B.

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