KINSHASA Jan 15 An unmanned aircraft used by
U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on
Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport
and interior ministry said.
The United Nations force started using drones - a first for
the world body - last month to help it monitor armed groups
operating along Congo's border zone with Rwanda and Uganda.
"One of these U.N. drones crashed not long after it took
off," a senior official Congo's interior ministry told Reuters,
asking not to be named. There were no reports of casualties.
A source at Goma's airport confirmed the incident. A
spokesman for the U.N. mission was not available for comment.
The Falco drones used by the U.N. force are manufactured by
Selex ES, a unit of Italian defence group Finmeccanica
. The firm was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; Writing by David Lewis;
Editing by Tom Heneghan)