Indian Blue Helmet peacekeepers stand guard next to United Nations vehicles in Goma on Nov. 8, 2016. / AFP / Eduardo Soteras
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A young schoolgirl was killed and 31 Indian U.N. peacekeepers injured Tuesday in an explosion in Goma in eastern Congo, the world body said.The explosion occurred as the peacekeepers were exercising in the Kyshero district of Goma, and witnesses reported at least one soldier with a leg blown off.Bilamekaso Tchagbele, North Kivu Province information chief for the U.N. mission in Congo (MONUSCO), said the roughly eight-year-old schoolgirl was "regrettably" killed in the blast, which also injured another civilian as well as the peacekeepers.The U.N. force has more than 20,000 troops in the country protecting civilians and disarming dozens of rebel and splinter groups after two decades of conflict in the east of the country.
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