AU-chartered aircraft crashes in southern Somalia

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Thursday October 29, 2015 - 11:39:35 in English News by Mogadishu Times
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    AU-chartered aircraft crashes in southern Somalia

    MOGADISHU (HOL) – A plane chartered by the African Union force in Somalia crashed in a rebel-held area in southern Somalia amid heavy rain and strong windson Wednesday, officials said.advertisements The Kenyan-registered aircraft Dormier DO-32

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MOGADISHU (HOL) – A plane chartered by the African Union force in Somalia crashed in a rebel-held area in southern Somalia amid heavy rain and strong windson Wednesday, officials said.advertisements The Kenyan-registered aircraft Dormier DO-328 which was carrying a logistical stuff for the African Union force in Somalia has taken off from Nairobi and was scheduled to land at Belidogle, a military airfield in Lower Shabelle region before it crashed in a rural village near the agricultural town of Afgoye. The Belidogle airfield also hosts a small US force that undertake military training for Somali troops.

A State department official told Voice of America Somali Service that there were no Americans on board the crashed plane.

Military officials told the local media that troops from the African Union and Somali government have reached the area, which was an epicenter of clashes between militants and allied forces in Somalia to safeguard the plane and its crew.

Other reports suggested that armed fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group have taken over the crashed plane and arrested the crew.

No fatalities have so far been reported, as information related to the crash so far remain sketchy.



Al-Shabab officials declined comment on the plane crash which comes two weeks after another plane carrying a foodstuff for African Union force has crash-landed in an open area outside Somali capital.

No comments could be reached from the African Union officials on the development.

Since the collapse of the country’s central government in 1991, Somalia’s airspace remained uncontrolled, with foreign fighter jets, helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles routinely operate without seeking authorization, most of which violated the 1992 arms embargo against Somalia.

Quotation marks:-hiran.com



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