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Tanzanian peacekeepers injured in DRC clashes

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Three Tanzanian soldiers fighting with the United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been injured in clashes against the M23 rebels.

The UN force said the three were evacuated to Goma city for treatment after being injured in an attack on one of their positions in Rutshuru in North Kivu province.

One of the soldiers was seriously injured, the Congolese army said.

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Tanzania has more than 800 soldiers among the UN forces in DRC.

The M23 has accused the army and the UN forces of “choosing war instead of peace talks” by jointly attacking its positions in Rutshuru.

But in a new allegation, DRC’s army spokesperson in North Kivu, Gen Sylvain Ekenge, accused Rwanda of deploying 500 special forces to support the rebels.

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Rwanda has firmly denied the allegation, calling the current crisis a DRC’s “internal problem.”—BBC

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