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Rebels Attack UN Base In South Kivu, DR Congo, Injure 1

A civilian was hit by a stray bullet when armed men attacked the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) base in the Democratic Republic of Congo

One person was seriously wounded following an attack on the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) base in Baraka, in the Fizi territory of South Kivu on Monday, March 8, 2021.

According to sources in the territory, the incident took place at about 6.30 p.m. local time, as residents were peacefully going about their daily activities.

Eyewitnesses said three armed persons arrived at the MONUSCO camp and opened fire into the air but could not enter the camp.

“They could not enter the camp as it was heavily fortified by MONUSCO forces. They remained outside the entrance into the camp and continued shooting into the air,” said Moutard Mateso, Vice President of the civil society in Baraka.

“One civilian who was standing by was wounded. The wounded individual whose name could not immediately get revealed was in the evening traffic jam when a bullet from the gun of a policeman hit him.”

Issaka Dangnossi, the MONUSCO chief of Bureau in Uvira, said the attack was an isolated case and the rebel group to which the attackers belong is yet to be identified.

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