Three Indian UN peacekeepers killed in Congo

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 12:00 hrs

The Defence Ministry on Wednesday said three Indian Army soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Congo were killed and seven others got injured, when rebels attacked their camp.

"On August 18 under the cover of darkness, the Unit's Company Operating Base at Kirumba was approached by five innocent looking civilians," said a Defence Ministry release.

They asked the post for assistance. While, they were engaging the guard on duty with conversation, a group of approximately 50-60 rebels probably Mayi Mayi group, attacked the periphery of the post from the surrounding jungle," the release added.

The Defence Ministry further said the rebels taking advantage of the darkness later merged into the forest after five minutes, asserting that operations are in progress.

The soldiers were part of the 19 Kumaon Regiment.

Kirumba is located around 500 kilometers from Congo's capital Kinshasa. (ANI)