Surging Violence in Congo Turns Peacekeepers Into Targets

A surge in militia attacks in eastern Congo has sparked violent protests against United Nations peacekeepers over their perceived inability to keep civilians safe, killing at least 19 people this week, including three U.N. personnel.

Protesters on Wednesday blocked roads outside the local headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known by its French acronym Monusco, in the town of Uvira in the mineral-rich South Kivu province. Congolese officials said warning shots fired by Congo police hit a high-voltage power line that collapsed onto demonstrators, killing four of them.