African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) has confirmed that one of its helicopters on a mission to support troops crashed in Somalia.
AMISOM through a tweet this Sunday evening confirmed that the chopper crashed on Friday a few minutes after taking off in Balidogle in the Lower Shabelle region.
"A Helicopter on a mission to support AMISOM troops crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia on February 5, 2021," read the statement in part.
AMISOM has said there were four occupants who sustained injuries but were rescued in time and now in a stable condition. It remains unknown what caused the crash.
The helicopter belonged to the Uganda People's Defence Force, UPDF.
UPDF chopper that crashed in 2013
"All four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash.
"However, preliminary reports indicate that it was due to a mechanical failure. The Helicopter belonged to AMISOM Aviation Unit from the Uganda People's Defence Force, UPDF," AMISOM added.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia also works under AMISOM.
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