Peacekeepers killed after rebel leader arrest

Two Tanzanian peacekeepers have been killed by suspected ADF rebels, two weeks after their leader is believed to have been arrested in Tanzania. Photo: Interpol

Two Tanzanian peacekeepers have been killed by suspected ADF rebels in the DRC, two weeks after their leader James Mukulu (pictured) is believed to have been arrested in Tanzania. Photo: Interpol

Two Tanzanian peacekeepers have been killed and over a dozen more injured in an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Islamist militants.

The United Nations confirmed the attack, which took place Tuesday on a convoy near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.)

The attack comes two weeks after Tanzanian police reportedly arrested ADF rebel leader Jamil Mukulu, who is wanted in Uganda for various contraventions of the Geneva Conventions and is on the UN’s sanction list for the DRC.

Interpol in Tanzania have confirmed they believe the suspect in custody is Mukulu, who has used at least nine aliases and was reportedly in possession of both a Tanzanian and Ugandan passport.

Tanzania has denied access to Ugandan security officials attempting to repatriate Mukulu, who has been on the run for 20 years, and instead want him extradited to the DRC.

Uganda and Tanzania do not have an extradition treaty.

UN spokesman colonel Felix Basse says four peacekeepers are still missing in the aftermath of the attack.

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