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 defense group Finmeccanica. The firm
was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; Writing by David Lewis;
editing by Tom Heneghan)
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