Indian pilot kidnapped in Congo (Lead)

July 27th, 2010 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) India is in touch with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is trying to ascertain details about an Indian pilot who was kidnapped by Congolese rebels recently.

India is in touch with the central African nation’s government over the safety of the pilot, said official sources.

Congolese rebels took the Indian, who was working as a co-pilot, hostage when they attacked an aircraft on a remote airstrip in a tin mining area of Walikale in the country’s North Kivu province.

Congolese army General Baigwa Dieudonne Amuli has blamed Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels for the attack over the weekend.

The plane was looted before it returned to Goma, the capital of the North Kivu, a resource-rich violence-ridden province of the nation.

According to Goma Express, whose aircraft was attacked, a Russian colleague of the Indian escaped and flew the plane back to Goma, with a wounded Congolese national on board.

Media reports quoted Pedro Kadogi, director of Goma Express, saying food supplies, rather than money, had been on the plane.

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