UN helicopter shot at in DR Congo

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A United Nations helicopter carrying eight observers of the UN Mission (MONUC) to Uvira and Kalemie in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday was shot at near Biera location.
A source close to MONUC said Friday in Kinshasa that the aircraft was shot at while on its return flight to Kamina base at 3.
53 P.
local time (13.
53 GMT).
At that time the helicopter was flying at an altitude of 3,000 feet.
Three members of the crew and one passenger aboard the aircraft were not injured but 14 bullets riddled the cabin.
The attack on the aircraft took place over the area controlled by the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma (RDC-Goma) whose leaders had authorised the flight.
Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Congo on Friday organized an information and awareness day in Kisangani, capital of the DRC Eastern province and one of the strongholds of the RDC.
Such sessions, the source explained, will continue to give more information about MONUC's mandate and its activities in the DRC, by helping the Congolese public to understand the role and activities of the mission.
The campaign targets political, administrative and military authorities, religious and church leaders, representatives of UN agencies, international NGOs and all decision-makers.
T-shirts and posters bearing the message of peace, leaflets of different resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Lusaka Accord are distributed to the public as part of the information and awareness campaign.

17 august 2001 22:17:00

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