UN to investigate DRC peacekeepers’ deaths


The United Nations will investigate an attack in DR Congo that left 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers dead, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement.

Dmitry Titov of Russia, a former UN assistant secretary-general, was appointed to lead the probe, which will examine circumstances surrounding the attack, evaluate the peacekeeping mission’s preparedness and provide recommendations for prevention of future attacks, the statement said.

In addition to UN officials, the investigation team will include two Tanzanian military officers, it said.

UN officials suspect Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the December 7 assault on the base in Semuliki in Congo’s North Kivu province. The ADF is an Islamist rebel group active in the area.