Militia hits UN base in E. Congo; 8 attackers dead

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 4:51 AM
Militia hits UN base in E. Congo; 8 attackers dead

The U.N. says peacekeepers have killed eight militiamen who attacked a U.N. base in volatile eastern Congo.

A statement said Monday the militia attacked a base near Virunga National Park over the weekend. The statement says the some 100 attackers were members of the shadowy Mai Mai militia.

A Congolese army official said the army killed two more attackers.

A U.N. military spokesman said no peacekeepers were wounded or killed.

In August, rebels attacked another peacekeeper base, killing three peacekeepers and wounding seven.

Repeated rebel attacks in Congo _ including in areas long considered relatively peaceful _ have called into question the ability of the U.N. force to protect civilians.