Reuters has reported that two military helicopters have allegedly crashed in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in North Kivu province near the borders of Rwanda and Uganda on Friday.
According to Government Spokesman, Lambert Mende, It is reported that at least four crew members were on board.
He also said that it was not clear what brought down the helicopters.
It is reported that over the weekend, United Nations (U.N), Sponsored Radio Okapi said that, “military sources have said that the helicopters crashed while pursuing fighters from the former Congolese rebel group M23”.
Radio Okapi allegedly also reported that three Russians and two Congolese officers were rescued and brought to hospital.
Mende declined to comment and added that he had not yet seen the statement.
According to Reuters there have been reports of a possible M23 revival by former fighters held in camps in Uganda and Rwanda.
On Monday, Rwanda’s Defence Ministry said in a statement that a group of about 30 unarmed people claimed to be M23.
He said that the group who were fleeing combat with Congo’s army crossed the border at the weekend.
Reuters continues by saying that Earlier this month, Uganda’s government said it had detained more than 100 former M23 rebels.
The rebels were allegedly trying to return to Congo from camps in Uganda where they have been awaiting amnesties. Congo said the fighters had encroached onto Congolese territory.