Indian Border Security Force personnel, who were part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, were killed on Tuesday during violent Anti- UN protests. It is being reported that there were 2 of them.
TS Tirumurti, Indian Ambassador to the UN also tweeted, “India has tragically lost two UN Peacekeepers from BSF in MONUSCO in Democratic Republic of Congo. Truly a great loss. My deepest condolences.” He further continued the tweet with, ” India is striving its utmost to enhance safety, security and accountability of UN Peacekeeping and to “Protect the Protectors”.
Indian UN Ambassador Tirumurti tweets
India has tragically lost two UN Peacekeepers from BSF in @MONUSCO in Democratic Republic of Congo. Truly a great loss. My deepest condolences 🙏
India is striving its utmost to enhance safety, security & accountability of @UNPeacekeeping and to “Protect the Protectors”
— Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) July 26, 2022
Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar also took to twitter and said, “Deeply grieved at the loss of lives of two valiant Indian peacekeepers of the BSF in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were part of the MONUSCO. The perpetrators of these outrageous attacks must be held accountable and brought to justice.”
According to international reports, at least five people were killed and about 50 others injured on the second day of demonstrations in Congo’s eastern city of Goma against the United Nations mission in the country.
A spokesperson for the Border force, while confirming the news said that locals had initiated demonstration. And agitation against MONUSCO throughout Congo and the situation turned violent in Goma with protesters looting. And setting fire to UN property. Both Beni and Butembo (with two Indian BSF platoons each deployed) were on high alert. Monday passed relatively peacefully but the violence took root on Tuesday. Congolese Police (PNC) and Congolese Army (FARDC) troops arrived. But could not control the crowd estimated to be over 500 people.