Members of the 21st Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Congo (K) are in combat readiness in defense of their camp area in Bukavu, South Kivu province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 9, 2017.
BUKAVU, Congo-Kinshasa, Dec. 11 (ChinaMil) -- The 21st Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Congo (K) conducted a defense drill in its camp area on the evening of December 8, 2017, to strengthen and upgrade the engineers' self-defense capability. The drill was held in response to an attack on UN peacekeeping force in eastern Congo (K).
According to media reports, the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group based in east Congo (K), launched an assault against UN peacekeeping force in North Kivu province of Congo (K) on the evening of December 7, local time, .
The attack caused severe casualties with 15 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania dead and at least 53 UN peacekeepers wounded, said an announcement of the UN Security Council on December 8. This was the most serious attack against UN peacekeepers in recent years. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN Security Council have respectively condemned the attack.
To confront the austere security situation in its mission area, the Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Congo (K) quickly organized the drill with a scenario that peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) suffered a surprise attack.
The 21st Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Congo (K) has held 18 security and defense drills since deployed in its mission area in September this year.