The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack believed to be carried out by rebel militia on peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which left one Indonesian ‘blue helmet’ dead, and another injured.
The attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DRC, took place on Monday near the town of Beni, when a MONUSCO patrol came under fire.
The injured peacekeeper is reportedly in a stable condition.
The Head of MONUSCO and UN Special Representative, Leila Zerrougui, condemned the suspected ADF attack in a series of tweets, noting that the “soldier who succumbed to his injuries had been taking part in a project to build a bridge in the Hululu area.
Origin of ADF
The ADF originated in neighbouring Uganda in the 1990s, in opposition to long-term Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, before moving its base of operations across the border into the DRC.
The group killed 15 UN troops at their base near the Ugandan border in December 2017 and seven in an ambush in December the following year.
Members of the UN Security Council in a statement on Tuesday expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the victim, the Indonesian authorities and the United Nations.
“Deliberate attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” the statement read.
The Council called on the Congolese authorities “to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.”