KINSHASA: Three members of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo were kidnapped Thursday in the eastern North Kivu province, a UN source said.
“Three members of MONUSCO [the 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force]. . . have been kidnapped in Kibumba”, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of the provincial capital Goma, the source told AFP.
Two of those seized were Congolese members of a demining team and the other was part of the international UN team, the source added.
A Congolese army officer said a UN vehicle had been recovered near the presumed site of their abduction.
“The motor was turning and the car was empty,” he added.
According to the UN source, the circumstances around the abduction were unclear. They were seized at around 5:30 pm (1530 GMT), but no details were given on who had abducted the trio or where they had been taken.
The incident came as UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous was in DR Congo seeking to iron out differences between the UN mission and the government in Kinshasa.