The Zimbabwean army said today it lost a helicopter gunship in fierce fighting at the weekend at Kabalo while DRC rebels claimed to have shot down two allied aircraft over the eastern DRC town, Reuters reported. Zimbabwe’s official ‘Herald’ newspaper meanwhile alleged that 80 rebels were killed in fighting at Kabalo. It quoted sources at allied headquarters in Kinshasa as acknowledging that Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia had all suffered casualties in the clashes, but said the numbers were still unknown.
DRC rebels also claimed heavy fighting was underway at the weekend for control of the town of Pwetu on the shore of lake Mweru. However, in an interview broadcast on RFI today, the governor of Katanga province denied there was fighting or a DRC rebel presence at Pweto. He said fighting in the province was centred around Moba which the rebels hold.
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