Blast kills child, injures 32 Indian peacekeepers in east Congo: U.N

U.N. peacekeepers hold position at the MONUSCO base after dispersing demonstrators in Mavivi near Beni in North Kivu province© REUTERS/Kenny Katombe U.N. peacekeepers hold position at the MONUSCO base after dispersing demonstrators in Mavivi near Beni in North Kivu provinceKINSHASA: An explosion killed a child and injured 32 Indian peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma on Tuesday, the U.N. mission there said.

The blast hit the peacekeepers while they were out on a morning run in the western Goma neighborhood of Keyshero, the mission added. The cause was not immediately clear.

Ismael Salumu, an imam at a nearby mosque, said three peacekeepers were killed. “We just heard the explosion and the cries. We then ran over to see,” he told Reuters.

About 18,000 uniformed U.N. personnel operate in Congo, where millions died in regional conflicts between 1996-2003 and dozens of armed groups continue to operate.

(Reporting By Aaron Ross and Kenny Katombe; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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