According to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Congo, eight persons were on board a UN helicopter that crashed in eastern DRC on Tuesday.
Six Pakistani military crew members were among them, as well as two Russian and Serbian military personnel. The mission, known as MONUSCO, stated in a statement that it is not yet known if there were any survivors.
The chopper was shot down in an area where the Congolese army and a rebel group known as the M23 are battling.
The chopper was shot down by rebels, according to the Congolese army, which the M23’s spokesperson rejected. The cause of the crash was not disclosed by MONUSCO, but it did say that investigations were underway.
Uganda’s army has also joined the combat, claiming to have killed 14 M23 fighters near the Congo border on Tuesday.
“They (M23) attacked us this evening, shelling the Ugandan side and destroying some civilian houses. Our forces retaliated, killing 14 rebels and taking seven prisoners of war,” Ugandan military spokesman Brigadier Felix Kulayigye said, adding that one of his soldiers was killed in the combat.