Armed group attacks peacekeeping base in DRC second time in a week

The chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that in only less than a Week, Suspected members of the Twirwaneho armed group on Wednesday opened fire on the UN base in Minembwe, in South Kivu province, forcing UN peacekeeper to exchange fire with the attackers.

He noted that, there are no casualties among peacekeeping troops adding that, this is the second attack carried out by the group in a week towards the same UN base.

He said a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in the September 30 attack, which was strongly condemned by Guterres. The Minembwe base in the tropical highlands of Fizi territory is part of the UN mission in the DRC known as MONUSCO.

He said, The Twirwaneho is one of about 120 armed groups known to be terrorizing the eastern DRC.

However officials from UN have condemned the attack saying this that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime under international law.