Thursday, March 03, 2005

UN peacekeepers attack militias in DR Congo

The UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as MONUC) have attacked militiamen in the northeast of the country. The attack follows the killing of nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the area last week. MONUC denied that the attack was in revenge for the killing of the peacekeepers though some local critics have been calling, to no avail, for stronger UN action for a while.

In a related story, the interim central goverment reportedly arrested several leaders of the militia group accused of killing the Bangladeshis. It's unclear how militia leaders based in Kinshasa could be responsible for killing peacekeepers in Ituri, which is several thousand miles away.


At 2:04 AM, Blogger said...

I tend to think it's a good thing that the peacekeepers are showing some more muscle. The Bangladeshis have been very successful in West Africa with the use of minimal force, but in the DRC it looks like they, and the other UN peacekeepers, have not been taken seriously up to now. Hopefully a few clashes and the display of powerful weaponry will persuade other militias to take them more seriously in future.

Great blog!


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