The United States has called on the troubled government of Democratic Republic of Congo to take action against the terrorist group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
In a statement released by the Department of States on Friday night, Washington condemned the Thursday’s deadly ADF attack on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in DRC which killed 14 peacekeepers and injured 53 others.
“The United States strongly condemns last night’s attack against MONUSCO, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which killed at least 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded more than 50 others, in addition to at least five members of the DRC armed forces,” part of the statement said.
On Thursday, a MONUSCO Company Operating Base at Semuliki in Beni territory, North Kivu, was attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements, resulting in a protracted fighting that reportedly lasted for 2 hours.
The UN Secretary General António Guterres described the attack as the “worst” on UN peacekeepers in recent history.
The US has said the attack is unacceptable and those responsible should be brought to justice.
“We call on the Government of the DRC to investigate this attack and to ensure the perpetrators of such attacks are swiftly brought to justice.”
The Super Power reiterated her support for the UN Mission in its pursuit to protect vulnerable unarmed civilians in the unstable Central African country.
“The United States further emphasizes its full commitment to supporting MONUSCO in its efforts to protect civilians from violence, prevent atrocities, and support peace and stability in the DRC.”
UN Security Council condemned the attack and called upon the DRC to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.