Indian Army officer posted in Congo goes missing, search underway


An Indian Army officer posted in the India contingent in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been missing since Saturday afternoon after he went kayaking in Lake Kivu. The search operations are still on. The officer has been identified as Lt Col Gaurav Solanki.

According to a report, three Army officers posted at the mission were in kayaks, two of which capsized. According to the report, the officer had removed his life jacket in order to dive into the lake in search of another officer. While the other two officers reached the shore, the said Lt Col continues to remain missing.

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Speed boats and employment of helicopter are being made to locate and rescue the officer.

About two years ago, the Indian peacekeepers in Congo were attacked by 30 armed rebels causing fatal casualties to Indian soldiers. According to reports, the Indian contingent — a Brigade referred to as NKB — is deployed in North Kivu province and covers 43,700 sq km. The brigade assists the UN mission in operations against armed groups.