U.N. helicopter fired on in Congo

AFP-JIJI

Rebels fired on a U.N. helicopter Friday in a new incident highlighting tinderbox tensions in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. and rebel sources said.

The unarmed helicopter “came under direct fire from positions held by the March 23 (M23) rebel movement,” the U.N. mission in the country said in a statement. An M23 spokesman said rebel fighters thought the helicopter was carrying government and U.N. forces to launch an attack.