Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the Democratic Republic of the Congo [scroll down for French]

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to confirm that eight peacekeepers who were on board a Puma helicopter that crashed earlier today in North Kivu have died. Their bodies were recovered during a search and rescue operation launched by MONUSCO.
The helicopter, operated by the Pakistani contingent, was on a reconnaissance mission in the area of Tshanzu, where there have been clashes between the M23 group and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in recent days. An investigation is underway.

Source: UN News

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