Russian pilot missing in Darfur was beaten: UN
New York: The UN says a Russian pilot and three rebel commanders were beaten in Darfur when their UN helicopter landed in the wrong place in the volatile Sudanese region.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Wednesday the pilot and commanders "were beaten at the scene" when the helicopter landed in a mostly Arab tribal area of western Sudan.
Nesirky said the pilot remains "unaccounted for" and the UN was trying to determine who was responsible for the beating.
He said the crew and passengers, minus the pilot, were taken to a government military camp.
The UN-African Union peacekeeping helicopter was carrying three Liberty and Justice Movement commanders on their way to peace talks when it disappeared on Monday, Nesirky said.
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