As many as six soldiers of Pakistan Army serving as peacekeepers in Congo embraced martyrdom on Tuesday as their helicopter crashed while undertaking a reconnaissance mission under the UN peacekeeping mission.
The Pakistan Aviation Unit was deployed in UN Mission Congo on peacekeeping duties since 2011, where on 29 March, while undertaking a reconnaissance mission, one PUMA helicopter crashed, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release. It added that the exact cause of crash was yet to be ascertained as a total of eight UN peacekeepers were on board, including six Pakistani officers and soldiers who embraced martyrdom.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Army and police conducted a joint intelligence-based operation (IBO) on the night of March 28 in Lakki Marwat, ISPR said in a statement. The operation was carried out in the general area of Sheri Khal on the reported presence of terrorists.
“In the exchange of fire, four terrorists were killed and one apprehended,” said the statement. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the spot in heavy amount. The killed terrorists were involved in kidnappings and terrorist activities against security forces and civilians. They were also involved in an incident that happened on Jan 22 in which an FC soldier was martyred.