The Washington Post

U.N. peacekeepe­rs kill 2, wound at least 15

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U.N. peacekeepe­rs returning from leave opened fire at a border post between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, killing at least two people and wounding at least 15, the U.N. mission and Congolese officials said Sunday.

Tensions between the population in restive eastern Congo and the U.N. peacekeepi­ng force have risen dramatical­ly in the past week, with nearly 20 killed in protests calling for the force to leave the region.

Bintou Keita, head of the U.N. mission in Congo and special representa­tive of the U.N. secretary general, said she was shocked by the shootings in

Kasindi, a border town in Congo’s North Kivu province. She said it was not clear why the peacekeepe­rs opened fire.

She said the soldiers’ home country has been contacted so that legal proceeding­s can begin. Their nationalit­y was not given.

Congo’s government condemned the shootings, confirming a provisiona­l toll of two dead and 15 wounded.

Protesters accuse the peacekeepe­rs of failing to protect civilians amid rising violence. The mission has more than 16,000 uniformed personnel in Congo, according to the United Nations.

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