U.N. forces hold memorial service for Tanzanian officer killed in DRC

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STORY: United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo held a memorial service on Saturday for a Tanzanian solider killed on Wednesday.

The peacekeeping solider, Major Hatim Shabaan Mushindo, died during an operation with the Congolese army to drive back M23 rebels from the city of Goma in eastern Congo.

He was the first death since the new U.N. brigade engaged rebels last week.

A 3,000-strong U.N. intervention brigade, with a tough new mandate to protect civilians and neutralize armed groups in the mineral-rich central African nation, sprang into action last week after the United Nations accused the rebels of shelling the city.

The intervention brigade consists of troops from Tanzania, South Africa and Malawi and is commanded by General James-Aloys Mwakibolwa from Tanzania, who spoke during the memorial.

"This brave major was the commander of our mechanized company, which was involved in the fight against

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