U.N. peacekeepers opened fire at a border crossing on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing two people and injuring 15 others amid escalating protests demanding the agency’s forces to leave the region.
The gunmen were arrested, the country’s top U.N. official said, adding that he was “deeply shocked and dismayed” by the “unexplained” shooting. The killings came just days after at least 19 people, including three U.N. peacekeepers, were killed and 60 others injured in demonstrations against peacekeeping missions.
Protesters said that the U.N. soldiers had failed to protect civilians against a surge of violence carried out by an array of militant groups. Since late last year, hundreds have been killed or injured and more than 160,000 people have been displaced.