In the midst of rebel battle in Congo, a UN chopper crashed, killing eight UN peacekeepers

The UN peacekeeping force reported that eight UN peacekeepers perished in a helicopter accident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday, amid rebel fighting in the area.

When the chopper went down above the province of North Kivu, where Congolese army and the M23 rebel group have clashed this week, it was on a reconnaissance mission.

According to the UN peacekeeping operation, six of the crew members were from Pakistan, and two were military personnel from Russia and Serbia. There were no people who survived.

The dead were found and delivered to Goma, the capital of North Kivu, by a search and rescue effort.

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram revealed the identities of the six Pakistanis slain in a condolence statement on Tuesday.”While serving as part of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they made the ultimate sacrifice. My heart hurts for the families of the martyrs.” In the opinion of Akram.

In a news release, Congo’s armed forces (FARDC) accused M23 of shooting down the chopper.

FARDC previously accused Rwanda of assisting the rebels, which the Rwandan army refuted in a statement released on Monday. The cause of the crash has not been determined by the UN mission, although an inquiry is underway.

 

 

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