Element of surprise gave army advantage: pilot

JOHANNESBURG - The South African attack helicopter pilot credited with breaking M23 rebel resistance in the eastern DRC has spoken to eNCA.

Lieutenant Colonel Danie Bellingan fought in the decisive battle which led to the defeat of the rebels in November 2013.

Bad weather made it difficult, but the heavy downpour finally proved an asset in the push against the rebels hiding out in the hills.

The element of surprise gave the South African pilots Lieutenant Colonel Danie Bellingan an unexpected advantage.

Although the rebels threw all they had at the Rooivalk– their artillery proved no match for the aircraft’s superior firepower.

Shortly after the M23’s defeat, fresh rebel attacks erupted in North Kivu province.

The FIB’s commanders have vowed to hunt down and disarm all armed groups before their mandate expires.

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