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DRC: 2 held for peacekeeper killings

2010-08-19 20:46

Kinshasa - A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army spokesperson says the army has arrested two men over the killing of three Indian UN peacekeepers.

Major Vianney Kazarama said on Thursday two men were arrested after they said they participated in an attack on a UN base in Kirumba early on Wednesday. He said the two were from a local militia known as Pareco, one of dozens of armed groups from Rwanda and the DRC who have battled one another and the army in the region for more than a decade.

A UN spokesperson said up to 50 rebels attacked the base and several others were wounded.

The bodies of the three peacekeepers have been flown back to India.

Nearly 4 000 Indian soldiers are part of the UN's DRC peacekeeping mission, which has more than 16 000 troops from various countries.