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Explosion in East Congo kills a child; injures 32 Indian peacekeepers: United Nations

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 November 2016, 14:21 IST
Explosion in East Congo kills a child; injures 32 Indian peacekeepers: United Nations
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A child was killed and 32 Indian peacekeepers were injured in an explosion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma on the morning of 8 November, according to the UN mission in Congo.

The blast hit while the peacekeepers were out running in the western Goma neighbourhood of Keyshero. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear, the mission added.

According to an international news agency, Ismael Salumu, an imam at a nearby mosque said that three peacekeepers were also killed.

"We just heard the explosion and the cries. We then ran over to see," he was quoted in the report.

As per the report, there are 18,000 uniformed UN personnel who operate in Congo where millions died between 1996-2003 in regional conflict.

The Indian peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now into its 17th year.

More details awaited.

First published: 8 November 2016, 14:02 IST
 
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