Rebels in eastern Congo attack UN helicopter

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Kinshasha – A United Nations-backed radio station says that a UN helicopter was attacked by suspected rebels in Congo's east.

A spokesperson with the UN mission in Congo, Charles Bambara, confirmed the attack near Erengeti in Beni territory in Congo's North Kivu province. He said there were no injuries, and little damage. The helicopter landed safely.

Bambara said that Allied Defense Forces rebels were suspected in the attack.

UN's Radio Okapi reported that an investigation is underway.

Eastern Congo is home to myriad armed groups, many vying for control of the region's vast mineral resources.

Beni territory has been the site of repeated attacks by ADF rebels, who have origins in neighbouring Uganda. Those attacks have killed at least 500 civilians since October 2014, according to the UN.

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