Ex­plo­sion kills 1, in­jures 32 UN peace­keep­ers

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

An ex­plo­sion while a group of In­dian peace­keep­ers were ex­er­cis­ing in east­ern Congo on Tues­day morn­ing killed a young girl, in­jured 32 peace­keep­ers and sparked an an­gry demon­stra­tion that was dis­persed by tear gas, U.N. of­fi­cials and wit­nesses said.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Du­jar­ric told re­porters at U.N. head­quar­ters in New York that five of the peace­keep­ers were se­ri­ously hurt but none were killed.

U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon con­demned the at­tack and called for “swift ac­tion” to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice, Du­jar­ric said.

Julien Paluku, gov­er­nor of North Kivu province had said ear­lier that one peace­keeper and an 8-year-old child were killed and three civil­ians were in­jured in the blast in the out­skirts of Goma.

Du­jar­ric said that ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary re­ports the ex­plo­sion was caused by an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice that det­o­nated while the peace­keep­ers were on a morn­ing run. Ear­lier, of­fi­cials said a grenade had det­o­nated.

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