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DR Congo: Explosion in Goma kill one civilians, wounds peacekeepers, UN Mission reports

8 November 2016 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed that an explosion in Goma killed a girl and wounded 32 Indian peacekeepers, five of whom are in serious condition, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters today.

All victims of the explosion, including UN peacekeepers and Congolese civilians, are receiving medical treatment in Goma, which is located in the restive eastern part of the vast central African nation.

According to early reports, the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). A MONUSCO Quick Reaction Force and an investigation team with explosives experts have been deployed to the scene.

"The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC is expected to travel to Goma to assess the situation on the ground," Mr. Dujarric said at the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, adding that more information will be available later today.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the victim and our colleagues who were injured."

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