By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) are actively investigating the cause of two helicopter crashes that killed dozens of Ugandan military personnel Goma, in thee Democratic Republic of Congo .
International news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday evening that at least 22 people were killed when two UPDF helicopters crashed on Monday and Tuesday in east Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
According to Reuters, the information was divulged by Congolese army spokesman who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.
It is not yet clear what caused the double crash but sources within the UPDFF revealed to this website on condition of anonymity that the army leadership has since kicked off investigations into the matter to establish the cause.
The identities of the deceased are also yet to be identified and shall be revealed in our subsequent reports.
However, the UPDF spokesman, Felix Kulayigye, confirmed one helicopter crash and said “there were fatalities, but I don’t have any extra details at the moment.”
It should be noted that Uganda sent UPDF troops to DR Congo in December last under an offensive code-named Operation Shujaa, with an aim of flushing out Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels from part of Eastern DR Congo.
Although initially, the Commander of Land Forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba used to update the public about Operation Shujaa through twitter, he has since stopped his periodic updates.
Details about this developing story coming your way soon.