UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has labelled an attack on peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a war crime.
At least 14 UN peacekeepers and five Congolese soldiers were killed when suspected militiamen stormed a UN base in the east of the DRC.
"I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night's attack on the United Nations peacekeepers in the DRC. [...] I condemn this attack unequivocally and these deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime", said Guterres.
Some 53 UN troops were also injured in the attack in North Kivu Province. Guterres called on authorities in the DRC to "investigate and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice", saying it was the "worst attack on UN peacekeepers in the organisation's recent history."