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NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Monday said that its UN peacekeeping troops in Congo thwarted attempts by civilian armed groups to loot operating bases and hospital.
“The robust actions by Indian peacekeepers deployed in Congo were strictly in accordance with UN mandate and rules of engagement,” Army officials said, adding that the Indian troops ensured the safety of UN personnel and property in locations where they were deployed.
“There are reports that certain other UN office complexes were ransacked. The situation is being closely monitored,” the officials added.
Hundreds of protesters managed to attack some UN peacekeeping force’s warehouse and looted offices on Monday in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, demanding that the mission leave for failing to protect the population.
Protesters blocked roads in the city and ransacked offices and carted off some materials and set fire to a gate of the mission’s compound.
“One of our warehouses was attacked by protesters early this morning. They entered one of our bases and looted the equipment. They managed to enter a few offices, we are obviously appalled and shocked by this,” said a spokesperson for the peacekeeping mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO.
The mission said in a statement the attack took place a day after hostile remarks and threats made by individuals and groups against the United Nations.
“The incidents in Goma are not only unacceptable but totally counterproductive. MONUSCO is mandated by the Security Council to support the authorities in protecting civilians,” said acting head of mission, Khassim Diagne, in the statement.
The protest was called by a faction of the youth wing of President Felix Tshisekedi’s UDPS ruling party, which said in a statement that it was demanding the immediate withdrawal of the UN peacekeepers over what it described as their ineffectiveness.
(With inputs from agencies)

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