Pakistani UN peacekeeper martyred in Congo rebel attack

Pakistani UN peacekeeper martyred in Congo rebel attack

United Nations (Agencies): A Pakistani peacekeeper deployed with the United Nations (UN) stabilisation mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was killed in an ambush, the UN said.

At least one other peacekeeper was wounded following an attack by members of an armed group near Lulimba, 96 kilometres south-west of Baraka, in the DRC’s South Kivu province.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, identified the martyred Pakistani trooper as Naik Naeem Raza. She also prayed for the recovery of the injured Pakistani soldier in a message on Twitter.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, said in a statement that Raza was killed when “the Pakistani peacekeeping convoy was ambushed by armed rebels near Lulimba, 96 kilometre south West of Baraka, South Kivu Province.”

The statement added that one other peacekeeper, Bilal, was injured in the attack.

“Pakistani peacekeepers effectively responded to fail the armed rebels,” the military’s statement added.

“One of our UN peacekeepers Naik Naeem Raza embraced shahadat today in Congo. May Allah rest his soul in peace And we pray that another of our soldiers who was injured fully recovers,” she tweeted.