DR Congo Gov’t Claims FARDC Killed UN Soldiers By Accident

The four soldiers were killed by FARDC soldiers, who, according to a DR Congo minister, mistook them for rebels because of their faded uniforms.

The Democratic Republic of Congo government claims that four soldiers of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) who were killed in Kasindi on July 25, 2022, during protests against the UN forces were killed because they wore faded uniforms, causing them to be mistaken for rebels.

The DR Congo Minister of Industries, Julien Paluku, said on Tuesday, August 2, that the worn-out uniforms of certain elements of MONUSCO were the main reason behind the killings.

“It is abnormal that elements in a contingent of the United Nations enter into a territory where they come to relieve others as a peacekeeping force wearing very worn-out uniforms. We all saw them. They were uniforms which looked like those worn by the ADF. That made the population question if the men were ADF infiltrators who had crossed the border into Congolese territory. It is this curiosity to come to the border that was considered resistance by the forces to shoot immediately. This is regrettable,” Paluku said.

The minister is a member of the government commission dispatched to Goma and Butembo to investigate the incidents that took place during the anti-MONUSCO demonstrations.

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