A Nepal Army peacekeeper serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission at Bali, Djugu territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, died on Tuesday after he was shot by suspected members of the Coopérative pour le dévelopement du Congo militia.
According to the Nepal Army sources, Anil Gurung of Surkhet was declared dead while undergoing treatment at UN hospital, Bunia Congo after having injured by a bullet.
Gurung was airlifted to the UN hospital after being shot by rebels soon after clearing the objective on position of hold during operation “BALI”, according to Nepal Army spokesperson Narayan Silwal.
Eighty-five Nepali security personnel have lost their lives in the past 64 years in the conflict-affected regions across the globe. Seventy two Nepal Army personnel, eleven members of the Nepal Police and two members of the Armed Police Force (APF) have also lost their lives while serving different countries under the peace mission. Ganga Bahadur Darlami is the first soldier to sacrifice his life while serving in a peace mission from Nepal. Darlami, of the Army’s First Rifle Corps, was killed in a rebel attack in Lebanon on Push 5, 2036 B.S.. So far, 66 Nepali soldiers have been injured in the peace mission.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a statement on Tuesday, condemned the attack against peacekeepers.
Recalling that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime, Guterres has called on the Congolese authorities to investigate the matter and bring those responsible to justice soon. The UN Chief issuing the statement expressed his deep condolences to the family of the victim, as well as to the government and the people of Nepal.
Nepal with 5,466 army personnel deployed in 12 peacekeeping missions in 11 war-hit countries, is the second largest peace troops contributor after Bangladesh. Nepal has been contributing to the UN peace missions since 1958. The mission, which started with five Nepal Army observers, has so far deployed 140,202 security personnel in various conflict-affected countries.