- Shishupal Singh and Savla Ram Vishnoi Martyrs
- Both were posted as head constables in BSF.
- Both the jawans were residents of Rajasthan.
UN Peacekeeping Mission: Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel deployed in the Congo under the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission were killed during violent protests on Tuesday. A spokesman for the force and the United Nations gave this information. Expressing grief over the death of the soldiers, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar expressed condolences to the bereaved families. Both soldiers were part of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.
Soldiers injured in violence died
A senior official said that both the BSF personnel hailing from Rajasthan were head constables. At least five people were killed and about 50 others injured on the second day of protests against the UN mission in the eastern city of Goma, according to international media. “On July 26, two BSF personnel, who were part of a UN peacekeeping force stationed in Butembo, Congo, succumbed to injuries sustained during a violent armed protest,” a force spokesman said. Officials said two platoons of 70 to 74 BSF personnel were stationed in the area.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar condoles
Jaishankar tweeted, ‘Deeply saddened at the death of two brave Indian peacekeepers of BSF in Congo. He was part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission. The perpetrators of these outrageous attacks should be held accountable and brought to justice. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said in a daily press briefing on Tuesday that violence against the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo is “increasing”. Two UN police personnel were killed and another was injured. We condemn the killings of our associates and express our deepest sympathies to their families and associates.
15 killed, 50 injured in anti-UN protests in eastern Congo
At least 15 people have been killed and several injured in two-day protests against the UN mission in eastern Congo. The United Nations confirmed that a peacekeeper and two international police personnel working with the UN peacekeeping force in Butembo, North Kivu province, have been killed and another injured. Violent attackers snatched weapons from Congolese policemen and opened fire on UN personnel. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said reports of civilian casualties, including UN peacekeepers, would be investigated. On Tuesday, hundreds of attackers again attacked UN forces bases in Goma as well as other parts of North Kivu, he said.
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