Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Last week an outpost along the Semuliki River belonging to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) was attacked by a massive rebel force in the northern Kivu region which resulted in 15 U.N. peacekeepers killed and more than 53 wounded in one of the worst attacks on a U.N. peace-keeping mission in years.
The outpost which was manned by soldiers from the Tanzanian Army assigned to the MONUSCO direct action intervention brigade known as the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB). Was attacked en mass by a large rebel force reportedly from an “ultraconservative” Islamist rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which is known to be operating out of secret base camps in the Semuliki National Forest region of northern Kivu.
So sudden and brutal was the attack that it sent peristaltic waves of horror and outrage through the U.N. lead peacekeeping mission which was soon followed by demands for answers from both the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres and Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli as to what occurred at the remote riverside outpost that fateful Thursday evening.
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