Fourteen United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and more than 40 wounded in attack in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. officials said on Friday.
The attack happened on Thursday evening in North Kivu province where several armed groups are fighting for control of the mineral rich area.
The mission said it was coordinating a joint response with the Congolese army as well as medical evacuations of the wounded from the base in North Kivu’s Beni territory.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described it as the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in recent history.
He sent his condolences to Tanzania, their home country.
Outraged by the attack against— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Lacroix_UN) December 8, 2017
MONUSCOin #NorthKivu DRC last evening, where a large number of UN peacekeepers have been killed & wounded. Our thoughts & prayers with families & our colleagues in
MONUSCO. Reinforcements are on scene & medical evacuations by Mission ongoing. pic.twitter.com/l84tFHYKMR
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo is the largest in the world and is aimed at calming a number of armed groups in the vast, mineral-rich Central African nation.