Gunmen fire on plane carrying aid workers in Congo

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 1, 2010 22:26

JOHANNESBURG — Gunmen in eastern Congo fired Wednesday on a private plane carrying international aid workers who escaped into the forest and were later rescued, aid workers from the International Medical Corps told The Associated Press.

IMC regional director Miel Hendrickson said earlier that the endangered staff of the Los Angeles-based medical aid group were three Americans and one Georgian who were on the aircraft, and two Congolese staff who were at the landing strip outside Walikale mining town when the shooting erupted.

IMC aid worker Will Cragin said he was rescued hours after the incident, but did not give further details on his experience. He spoke to the AP from Walikale.


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