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Three SA soldiers hurt in DRC attack

Africa

Johannesburg - Three SANDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, during an attack in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence force said on Thursday.

“One of the armed groups in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo launched an attack on one of the South African company operating bases on Wednesday... during the early hours of the morning,” spokesman Captain (SA Navy) Jaco Theunissen said in a statement.

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Members of the South African Air Force (SAAF) and army take part in a Capability Demonstration at the Roodewal Bombing Range in Makhado, in the northern province of Limpopo, May 9, 2013. South Africa’s air force showed off its military might on Thursday with precision bombing and helicopter gunships firing fusillades of rockets just days ahead of an unprecedented "peace enforcing" deployment to eastern Congo. Two months after 13 troops were killed by rebels in Central African Republic in South Africa’s heaviest military losses since the end of apartheid, Pretoria is gearing up to send 1,000 soldiers to Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)

The seriously wounded soldier was taken to a hospital in Goma. The other two sustained minor injuries and were being treated at the same hospital.

The SANDF soldiers stood their ground and defended their position “with great courage and determination”.

The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC launched a counter attack with a reaction force supported by attack helicopters. Its outcome was not yet known. - Sapa

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