Blast kills child, injures 32 Indian peacekeepers in east Congo: UN

The blast hit the peacekeepers while they were out on a morning run in the western Goma neighbourhood of Keyshero.

By: Reuters | Kinshasa | Updated: November 8, 2016 5:10 pm

An explosion killed a child and injured 32 Indian peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma on Tuesday, the UN mission there said. The blast hit the peacekeepers while they were out on a morning run in the western Goma neighbourhood of Keyshero, the mission added. The cause was not immediately clear.

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The Indian Army has a brigade of about 3,500 soldiers posted in Congo on UN peacekeeping duty. The injured soldiers belong to Indian Battalion 1.

Sources said a girl, about eight-years-old, was killed in the blast. The peacekeepers were taken to a UN military hospital.

The UN mission’s troops and police personnel are drawn from over 50 countries and was deployed in 1999. About 18,000 uniformed UN personnel operate in Congo, where millions died in regional conflicts between 1996-2003 and dozens of armed groups continue to operate.