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Congo Rebels Deny Downing UN MONUSCO Helicopter

M23 Rebels accused of downing the MONUSCO helicopter even though they blame the Congolese army

M23 Rebel soldier
M23 Rebel soldier

The M23, the rebel group in Congo, has denied shooting down a UN helicopter that crashed on Sunday.

The helicopter carried peacekeepers on a reconnaissance mission in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, the group pointed its hands at the Congolese army for downing the helicopter.

“That plane was hit by FARDC [DR Congo’s armed forces]’s shooting.” Major Willy Ngoma, the M23 spokesperson, told the BBC.

 

KDRTV established that the DR Congo army had faulted the rebels for the crash on Tuesday.

More than 6000 civilians have fled their homes since the beginning f the clashes between the rebels and the Congolese army Rutshuru area of North Kivu province. This is according to the statistics provided by the Red Cross.

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The helicopter was crashed at around noon local time, and sources claim that seven people were on board when the aircraft crashed.

Many sources have accused the rebels of being behind the crash

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