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Four UN troops wounded in DR Congo by fire on helicopters

Four United Nations peacekeepers were wounded in the Democratic Republic of Congo when their helicopters were fired on in the troubled northeastern region of Ituri, the UN mission here said. The three helicopters “came under heavy fire as they were about to take off from Lugo (in the north of Ituri)” after an inquiry by the human rights section of the mission, known as MONUC, its spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Provendier said. One helicopter, carrying civilian personnel from the human rights section, was hit but managed to take off, he said. The other two helicopters, transporting a total of 36 Nepalese troops providing protection, were unable to take off, and four of the soldiers were wounded. The lives of the wounded were not in danger, Provendier said. Full Story

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