While driving towards Goma in a light vehicle, three blue helmets were hit by stray bullets during a fire exchange between troops of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FADRC) and unidentified gunmen. The blue helmets returned fire; the gunmen fled. They managed to escape with help from the fading evening light.
The three injured peacekeepers were evacuated to the Mission's Goma hospital where one of them died of his injuries.
"MONUC looks forward to the FARDC's cooperation in opening an investigation into the circumstances of the incident which led to the death of a blue helmet and left two others wounded," stated MONUC Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye.