14 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Democratic Republic of Congo

A spokesperson described it as the worst attack in recent memory

14 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Democratic Republic of Congo

UN flag. Photo: Jean-Pierre Lacroix via Twitter

14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 40 wounded in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have said.

Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said: "It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory."

At least five Congolese soldiers were killed in the incident, with Mr Haq adding that the dead UN peacekeepers are mainly from Tanzania.

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix earlier said the attack happened in North Kivu province, but did not identify the attackers.

He added that reinforcements have been sent to the scene.

More than 18,000 uniformed UN personnel are deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as part of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the country.