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U.N. helicopter comes under fire in Congo

A U.N. helicopter carrying seven people came under fire in Congo’s eastern Ituri province Thursday and one of its pilots was injured, a U.N. spokesman said. The craft had been dropping leaflets asking militants in the violence-wracked region to put down their arms before elections scheduled for July 30, U.N. spokesman Carmine Camerini said. “A number of shots entered the cockpit of the Mi-17 helicopter and the Bangladeshi co-pilot was hit in his right thigh,” Camerini said. The assailants were not identified. Full Story

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