Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have taken a major border post after clashes with government troops that killed a UN soldier from India, the United Nations has said.
The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) said the Indian peacekeeper, whose identity was not given, was killed by shrapnel on Friday as the M23 fighters took the town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda.
“It wasn’t a direct hit. He died from his wounds,” Madnodje Mounoubai, MONUSCO’s spokesman, told the AFP news agency.
The rebels, calling themselves M23 and holed up in North-Kivu province, had been integrated into the Congolese army but defected earlier this year, citing poor conditions.
Reports also said hundreds of Congolese had fled clashes into Uganda.