According to a statement issued by a BSF spokesperson, on July 26, two BSF personnel involved in MONUSCO posted in Butembo, DR Congo, were killed in an armed violent clash.
BSF jawans were involved in UN peacekeeping operations. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- The slain BSF jawans were members of the MONUSCO mission
- Two platoons of BSF were deployed in May this year
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar pays tribute to the soldiers
Congo in the ongoing violent conflict in United Nations in peacekeeping Involved Border Security Force (BSF) Two of the soldiers have died. BSF Martyred Jawan Monusco (MONUSCO) i.e. United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Dircongo was a member of. According to international media, five people were killed and 50 others were seriously injured on the second day of violent protests in the eastern city of Goma in the Congo. foreign Minister S Jaishankar Paying homage to both the slain BSF jawans, has called upon the United Nations to bring the culprits responsible for this heinous attack to justice. He also expressed condolences to the bereaved family. The bodies of the slain BSF jawans have been airlifted to Beni, where a BSF platoon is stationed. There is also information that armed rebels had joined the crowd of protesters, who carried out this attack.
A mob of 500 violent protesters attacked
According to a statement issued by a BSF spokesperson, on July 26, two BSF personnel involved in MONUSCO posted in Butembo, DR Congo, were killed in an armed violent clash. In May this year, two platoons of BSF comprising about 70 to 74 personnel were deployed in this area. It is said that the local people had called for a sit-in demonstration in the Congo against Monusco. BSF deployed platoons in Beni and Butembo were asked to be on high alert as the protests turned violent. Monday passed off peacefully, but on Tuesday the situation worsened and the protesters turned to violence. Protesters started looting and set fire to a local UN camp office in Goma, 350 km from Beni. Congolese police and Congolese army reached the spot, but could not control the crowd of more than 500 protesters. BSF and other peace mission personnel also fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd, but the violent protesters were successful in breaking the security cordon and attacking the jawans.
Violent attackers snatch weapons from Congo police
Violent attackers at the Butembo base snatched weapons from Congolese police and opened fire on uniformed personnel, killing two BSF personnel and three other UN mission personnel, according to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said that a peacekeeper was also killed in the riots in Butembo in the DRC, but his nationality was not disclosed. Guterres has sent his condolences to the Government of India on the death of two Indian police personnel. Haq said mobs threw stones and petrol bombs at UN facilities and looted, ransacked and set fire to targets in eastern DRC. Significantly, the DRC mission includes 139 police and 1,888 military personnel from India. It is said that the call for the protest was given by a section of the youth wing of the ruling UDPS. They were complaining about the inability of the United Nations to prevent attacks by rebel groups on civilians and the government.