Congo Army spokesman ,Felix Kulayigye confirmed the death of 22 people after two Ugandan military helicopters crashed in East Congo.
A military source in Congo said the first helicopter crashed on Monday over the village of Boga in Ituri province, while the second fell at the Kabarole border area between the two countries.Three Congolese soldiers died in the first crash, the source said, but did not specify whether they were in the helicopter or on the ground. The source declined to comment on behalf of Uganda ahead of consultations between the two parties.
Uganda had sent troops to its central African neighbour in December to help fight a violent rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).“The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) have not yet told us the circumstances of the crash,” Felix stated.
Although the UPDF spokesman, Felix said “there were fatalities, but I don’t have any extra details at the moment”.The ADF is among several militias wrangling over land and resources in Congo’s mineral-rich east over the past decade, a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions.