UPDATED: SA peacekeepers injured in DRC after rebel ambush – report

2018-09-05 13:06
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At least two South African peacekeepers were reportedly wounded in a rebel ambush near the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to Reuters, the attack occurred early this week and highlighted the challenges authorities were facing in their fight against the deadly diseases.

DRC health officials said they have made some progress in slowing down the disease after experimental vaccines were dispatched.

However, they were unsure if the situation was under control because they had challenges accessing areas.

The peacekeepers' patrol was attacked in Ngadi by militants, who were believed to belong to the Allied Democratic Forces - a Ugandan Islamist group active in eastern DRC, said spokesperson for the UN mission MONUSCO, Florence Marchal.

"Two soldiers were wounded and their condition was deemed stable this morning," she told Reuters.

According to a senior correspondent at African Defence Review, Darren Olivier, one of the South African Air Force Oryx helicopters in service with MONUSCO in the DRC, was badly damaged as it tried to evade strong ground fire.

He said the helicopter "landed safely and the crew were fine, but repairs will be needed".

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The South African Defence Force has confirmed the attacks, saying the two soldiers have suffered minor injuries. 

“The South Africa National Defence Force herein confirms that two soldiers deployed in the DRC under MONUSCO suffered minor injuries on Monday September 03 following an ambush,” the Director of Defence Corporate Communication, Brigadier General, Mafi Mgobozi has told News24. 

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