File - September 3, 2013 shows a soldier of the Congolese Defense Forces (FARDC) watching a UN helicopter from the MONUSCO taking off from Walikale in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (AFP PHOTO / MARC HOFER)
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Two military helicopters crashed in a strife-torn part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with at least four crew members on board, authorities said Monday.Over the weekend, U.N.-sponsored Radio Okapi cited military sources as saying that the helicopters crashed while pursuing fighters from the former Congolese rebel group M23 .The M23 was the largest of dozens of armed groups in the country and controlled huge swaths of eastern Congo in 2012 and 2013 before it was defeated by Congolese and U.N. forces.Congo said the fighters had encroached onto Congolese territory.
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