The attack, which occurred in the province of North Kivu, is one of the worst suffered by the UN peacekeeping mission in this country. All the victims were from Tanzania
The United Nations on Friday created a special investigation into the attack that killed 15 peacekeepers and left 43 others injured on December 7, 2017 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The attack, which occurred in the province of North Kivu, is one of the worst suffered by the UN peacekeeping mission in this country. All the fatalities were from Tanzania.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, appointed the head of the investigation to the Russian Dmitri Titov, who has already worked in the peace force of the organization.
Among his tasks will also be to analyze other attacks suffered by the peacekeepers in the same area of the country, according to a statement.
The UN maintains that the ambush was perpetrated by the Ugandan Muslim rebels ADF, one of the armed groups operating in the region of North Kivu.
In 1999, the institution deployed its MONUSCO mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The east of the country has been suffering the ravages of violence for some time, but the clashes between the government and the militias intensified last year, as have clashes between ethnic groups.
The political situation has also contributed to instability.
The mandate of Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, ended in December 2016. The Constitution prohibits him from re-introducing himself, but authorizes him to remain in office until he has a successor.
Government and opposition, backed by the Catholic Church, agreed to hold elections before the end of 2017, but the appointment was postponed to December 2018, encouraging fears that Kabila seeks to extend its control.