SA soldiers wounded in DRC

The SANDF says an armed group attacked their members on Wednesday morning.

FILE: The SANDF says an armed group attacked their members on Wednesday morning.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nation's mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a counter attack after three South African soldiers were wounded in the east of the country.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says an armed group launched an early morning attack on its members on Wednesday.

Of the three wounded, one solider is in a serious condition and is now recovering in a hospital in Goma.

The outcome of the UN's intervention is not yet known.

SANDF's Jaco Theunissen says, "An armed group of rebels attacked one of the South African army operating bases in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday morning. The details of the attack are still unknown. However, three of our soldiers have been wounded."

In 2013, several SANDF members were killed in the Central African Republic during clashes with rebels.

Government defended the deployment of troops to that country.