Seven U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 10 wounded in a military operation with Congolese forces against rebels in the northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the United Nations said Thursday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said one U.N. peacekeeper was still missing and several Congolese soldiers were also killed or wounded in Wednesday’s operation targeting Allied Democratic Forces rebels, reports Washington Post.
Dujarric said six peacekeepers who were killed were from Malawi and one was from Tanzania.
A U.N. official said U.N. and Congolese forces were attacked while conducting operations to dislodge the ADF from a stronghold in Kididiwe, near the regional capital of Beni.
The mission succeeded and a number of ADF fighters were captured, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.