Pakistani peacekeeper killed ‘by members of an armed group’ in Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, JAN 28 (DNA) – A Pakistani UN peacekeeper, Naik Naeem Raza, was killed following an ambush by “members of an armed group” in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a statement published on the United Nations website said.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “condemns the killing of a peacekeeper from Pakistan… following an ambush” in the troubled eastern province of South Kivu, a UN spokesman said in a tweet. One other person was killed in the attack.
He reaffirmed the UN’s willingness to continue to address the country’s security challenges, despite tensions with the government.
Raza’s murder was confirmed by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.
“One of our UN peacekeepers Naik Naeem Raza embraced [martyrdom] today in Congo. May Allah rest his soul in peace. And we pray that another of our soldiers who was injured fully recovers,” the ambassador said in a tweet.
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