Two people were killed when the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers opened fire on the border post in Kasindi, on the Ugandan border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
While The Demonstrations Against The United Nations ( UN ) that broke out on July 25 in the Central African country Of The Democratic Republic Of The Congo continued, UN soldiers opened fire on the border post. At least two people were killed when UN peacekeepers opened fire on the border post in Kasindi, on the Ugandan border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is not yet known why UN soldiers opened fire on the police station located on the Democratic Republic of the Congo-Uganda border.
Bintou Keita, the Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Head of the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the country, said in a written statement that the soldiers in question were soldiers of the Intervention Brigade returning from MONUSCO’s leave. “This serious incident caused loss of life and serious injuries,” Keita said, adding that an investigation has been launched into the incident and the suspect soldiers have been arrested. Keita, who did not make a statement about the nationality of the soldiers, stated that the countries where the soldiers were affiliated were contacted. Keita also offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE HAVE DIE IN PROTESTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
. UN headquarters and logistics warehouse were looted and set on fire during the demonstrations that broke out on July 25 with the demand of MONUSCO to leave the country. At least 20 people, including 3 UN personnel, died in the demonstrations.
MONUSCO is known as one of the world’s largest peacekeeping operations. As of November 2021, more than 12,000 soldiers and 1,600 police have been deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While MONUSCO has been frequently criticized for its failure to stop decades of conflict in the east of the country, the Mission has been slowly withdrawing over the years.
In the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the border with Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi is located, more than 120 armed groups carried out massacres of civilians and displaced millions of people.