UN Peacekeepers shoot 4 in DRC firefight

2013-07-10 22:09
Wounded Mai Mai fighter Nyenzi Kahuze lies waiting to be taken to a hospital after M23 rebels allowed the Red Cross to treat him, in Kanyarucinya, eastern Congo. (Nick Long, AP)

Wounded Mai Mai fighter Nyenzi Kahuze lies waiting to be taken to a hospital after M23 rebels allowed the Red Cross to treat him, in Kanyarucinya, eastern Congo. (Nick Long, AP)

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New York - The United Nations says its peacekeepers in the Congo were drawn into a shootout between gunmen and a rebel group and shot four of the attackers.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says about 30 unidentified assailants attacked an M23 rebel position early on Wednesday near Goma in Congo's North Kivu province.

Nesirky says the M23 rebels fought back. As the attackers retreated, they fired shots at the UN peacekeepers' post.

Nesirky says that "in accordance with their rules of engagement, the peacekeepers fired warning shots before being forced to engage the attackers. In the firefight that ensued, four attackers were injured" and captured by the UN peacekeepers.

He says they were evacuated to a Goma hospital.

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