UN chief outraged after peacekeepers kill two people at Uganda-DR Congo border

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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New york: The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, on Sunday, expressed grief over the killing of two people by UN peacekeepers on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.
“Antonio Guterres is outraged by a serious incident that took place this morning in Kasindi, on the border of DR Congo and Uganda, in which @MONUSCO military personnel opened fire while returning to the DRC from leave in their home country,” UN Spokesperson to the Secretary-General tweeted.
The UN force – MONUSCO, admitted that some of iys peacekeepers opened fire for reasons ‘unexplained’ and said that arrests had also been made after the tragic incident.

“The perpetrators of the shooting have been identified and arrested after the findings of the investigation,” MONUSCO, Bitou Keita said, news agency ANI reported. According to reports, the incident took place when the UN peacekeepers, posted at MONUSCO opened fire in Kasindi, North Kivu, when they were returning from a leave.

A video of the incident was widely shared on social media and it showed the UN peacekeepers fired at two people before opening a barricade and driving through a group of men.

The government condemned thhe incident and said that it had launched an investigation into the probe with MONUSCO. The Democratic Republic of Congo “strongly condemns and deplores this unfortunate incident in which two compatriots died and 15 others were injured according to a provisional roll,” the government said in a statement. The development comes almost a week after two Indian peacekeepers were killed during protests in DRC. India expressed strong displeasure over the incident and has demanded a thorough probe into the matter.