UN dumps SA soldiers in DRC rebel territory

By Andy Rice 17 September 2010

Fourteen South African soldiers were mistakenly dropped in rebel-held territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo about two weeks ago, Beeld newspaper has reported. The soldiers, who are part of a UN peacekeeping operation, have now been rescued. Reportedly the Russian helicopter crew who were transporting them received incorrect instructions as to where they were to be dropped off. The resourceful soldiers negotiated with DRC rebels, giving up their weapons as a sign of goodwill, in order to secure their safety. The UN is reportedly investigating the incident. Read more: Sapa, via IOL


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