Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix meets injured Tanzanian peacekeepers at the Nakasero Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Photo Credit/ UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe/Sunil Thapa

Tanzanian United Nations (UN) peacekeepers who were injured in a December 7 attack by suspected Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels while on duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are hospitalized at Nakasero Hospital in Uganda.

According to the UN, the head of peacekeeping operations Jean Pierre Lacroix visited the injured soldiers yesterday.

“Thank you very much for your service. I wish you well,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told each service member, at their bedsides.

At least 14 peacekeepers were killed when a UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) Company Operating Base at Semuliki in Beni territory, in DRC’s restive eastern North Kivu province, was attacked by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements. It was the worst on UN ‘blue helmets’ in recent history, and the UN Secretary General António Guterres said that the attack constitutes a war crime.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lacroix will visit Tanzania later this week and meet with families of those killed.

Their bodies were repatriated with honours on Monday, and received by Tanzanian defence and military officials.