KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Congolese rebel group accused of mass rapes in the Congo is believed to be behind an attack on U.N. peacekeepers, authorities alleged.
Roger Meece, the U.N. special envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, condemned a weekend attack on peacekeepers by rebel forces.
Around 50 men armed with assault rifles attacked U.N. peacekeepers stationed near North Kivu province. Soldiers with the U.N. Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo returned fire, killing eight assailants in the attack.
The Congolese military said it captured several suspected bandits, adding they believed members of the Mai Mai militia carried out the attack, the United Nations' news agency reports.
The U.N. Security Council was called on to consider targeted sanctions against the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and the Mai Mai militia for their role in the rapes of hundreds of women in the region.
A U.N. human rights team found that more than 300 civilians were raped in the Congo by militants July 30-Aug. 2. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the area deflected criticism that it ignored warnings that surfaced days before the rapes occurred some 20 miles from their base.
The U.N. report said the identity of those who carried out the weekend attacks wasn't confirmed officially by Congolese authorities.