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DRC M23 rebels deny shooting down UN helicopter – SABC News

The M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have denied it A plane carrying eight United Nations peacekeepers was shot down and instead blamed the government troops.

Eight peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Congo (Monusco) died in a helicopter crash in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday.

According to MONUSCO, initial findings indicate that “the crash was caused by a luminous object.”

She adds that she doesn’t rule out the possibility of an attack.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield have condemned the attacks.

The crash came amid military clashes between the Congolese Army (Fardc) and M23 rebels in four locations in North Kivu.

The army and the rebels blame each other for the attack on the helicopter.

Guterres is deeply concerned “at the resurgence of M23 activity”.

The following video shows the fighting between the M23 rebel group and government forces in North Kivu:

DRC M23 rebels deny shooting down UN helicopter – SABC News

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