Namibia condemns killing of Tanzanian peacekeepers in Congo

13 Dec 2017 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia has condemned last week’s killing of Tanzanian peacekeepers working under the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by militant extremists.
At least 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers were reportedly killed and 40 others injured in the DRC when the militants attacked a United Nations base in the North Kivu Region on Thursday evening.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation condemned the attack, calling it an “act of atrocity” committed against peacekeepers.
“The Government of Namibia wishes to extend its sympathy and fraternal solidarity to the government and the sisterly people of the United Republic of Tanzania over this act of dastardly violence perpetrated against those whose mission is to help the government of the DRC restore peace and security to that country and its long-suffering people,” it said.
The government further called on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to provide all the necessary assistance and support to the Congolese national army to pursue and bring to justice those responsible for the “barbaric act of unprovoked aggression” against the peacekeepers.
The attack is regarded as the deadliest assault on the organisation’s peacekeeping forces in nearly a quarter century.
United Nations peacekeeping officials attributed the attack to a militant group known as the Allied Democratic Forces, which has its origins in neighbouring Uganda, that is accused of killing hundreds of people over the past three years.