Africa

Congo grenade blast kills 2, injures dozens of peacekeepers

  • People gather near the scene of a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

    People gather near the scene of a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)  (The Associated Press)

  • The outside of the U.N. hospital where people are being treated after a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

    The outside of the U.N. hospital where people are being treated after a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)  (The Associated Press)

  • Blood stains on a gravel road, after a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

    Blood stains on a gravel road, after a blast on the outskirts of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. A grenade detonated where a group of Indian peacekeepers were exercising on Tuesday morning in eastern Congo, killing at least two people and sparking an angry demonstration that was dispersed by tear gas, officials and witnesses said. One peacekeeper and one 8-year-old child were killed in the blast on the outskirts of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, said provincial governor Julien Paluku. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)  (The Associated Press)

An official in Congo's restive northeast region says an unexplained grenade explosion has killed two people and injured 31 peacekeepers.

Julien Paluku, governor of North Kivu province, said the explosion occurred Tuesday morning as the peacekeepers were exercising on the outskirts of Goma, the provincial capital on the Rwandan border.

He said one of the dead was a peacekeeper and the other was an 8-year-old child. He said officials were investigating whether the grenade belonged to the peacekeepers or whether it had come from some other source.

Various rebel groups are active in Congo's northeast, though most recent violence has occurred in the Beni region north of Goma.

A spokesman for Congo's U.N. mission was not immediately reachable.