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S. African helicopter fired upon in DRC, SANDF

CAPE TOWN, Unidentified gunmen fired upon a South African Air Force helicopter, which was on a patrol in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities said on Saturday.

The shooting took place on Friday when the helicopter was conducting routine aerial patrols in the DRC, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said.

The fire came from a small firearm projectile on the ground. The helicopter was damaged, but there were no injuries, according to the SANDF.

The helicopter was able to continue its flight and landed safely at the SANDF base in Goma in the DRC, it added.

South Africa takes part in the United Nations stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), which counts about 20,000 uniformed personnel overseeing the disarmament, demobilization, and repatriation and reintegration program for rebel groups.

By Robert Muriisa

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