SADC: WAR/DAILY NEWS/11/10/17 SABANews 1
BENI-DRC – The TANZANIA People’s Defence Forces has announced the killing of yet another TWO of its soldiers on a UNITED NATIONS Peacekeeping Mission to neighbouring DRC.
The DAILY NEWS newspaper says the incident comes ONE month after the ALLIED DEMOCRATIC FORCES, ADF rebels killed Private MUSSA JUMANNE MURYERY.
It says a military statement has named the latest victims as Corporal MASELINO PASCHAL FABUSI and Private VENANCE MOSES CHIMBONI, bringing the total number of lost TANZANIAN soldiers to THREE so far.
The Army says the killings took place this MONDAY after a group of rebels attacked the soldiers 24 kilometres outside the north eastern city of BENI, lying immediately west of the VIRUNGA National Park and the RWENZORI Mountains.
UN Spokesperson STEPHANE DUJARRIC says 18 other peacekeepers were injured during the MONDAY attack, and the world body has formed a board of inquiry to investigate the incident.
Secretary-General ANTONIO GUTERRES has in turn strongly condemned the series of raids blamed on the ADF rebels in the NORTH KIVU Province.
The UN statement says he has offered his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, as well as to the Government of TANZANIA; wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.
Meanwhile, the UN Chief has warned the DRC rebels of possible prosecution for war crimes under international law for attacking peacekeepers – also saying all armed groups should lay down their weapons./Sabanews/cam