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KINSHASA, 14 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - An Indian UN peacekeeper was killed and two others were wounded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday after being hit by stray bullets in an exchange of fire between government troops and unidentified gunmen, a military spokesman of the UN mission in the country said.

"The stray bullet came from a civilian vehicle with armed men in civilian clothing," Col Thierry Provendier, the spokesman, said.

The shooting occurred in Sake, 30 km north of Goma, the capital of Nord Kivu Province.

MONUC said the Indian soldier was the 14th peacekeeper to die in the DRC in 2005 and the 57th since the mission was deployed in 1999.


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