A Kenyan soldier who was part of the East African force in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo lost his life in an attack by rebel fighters.
According to DR Congo spokesperson Patrick Muyaya, this incident occurred on Tuesday when the regional forces clashed with M23 rebels in the Kibumba area.
There has been no immediate response from Kenyan authorities.
This marks the first reported casualty among Kenyan troops since their deployment to this region last year.
The DR Congo army has expressed its strong condemnation of this tragic event, attributing the attack to the M23 rebel group.
They have reported that the rebels fired a mortar aimed at the positions of the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF).
The DR Congo army has also suggested that this attack was intended to create discord between themselves and the EACRF.
As for the M23 rebels, they have not yet responded to these allegations.
Recently, fighting has resumed in certain parts of North Kivu province between the M23 rebels and a pro-government self-defense militia known as Wazalendo.
The EACRF has faced significant criticism from the DR Congo for its inability to halt the ongoing violence.
DR Congo has announced that they will not be renewing the mandate of the EACRF, which is set to expire in December.
Kenya has contributed over 1,000 soldiers to this mission, which also includes troops from Uganda, South Sudan, and Burundi.