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9 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says up to nine peacekeepers have been killed in an ambush.

The U.N says unidentified gunmen attacked the troops earlier Friday, during a patrol in Congo's volatile northeastern region of Ituri. All those who died are from Bangladesh. Several other U.N. troops are wounded or missing.

Thousands of U.N. troops are in Congo to help oversee the transition from a five year long war which ended in a series of peace deals in 2003.

Although the war is over, eastern Congo remains volatile with sporadic violence among various ethnic groups and the Congolese army and dissident soldiers.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.