Kenya: 8 Killed As Military Helicopter Crashes Near Somalia

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By Enyichukwu Enemanna

At least eight persons have been killed after a helicopter belonging to the Kenyan military crashed near the border with Somalia, an official said Tuesday.

Kenyan security forces operate in the area as part of its fight against al-Qaida-linked extremists the al-Shabab group, a group based across the border in Somalia.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash in the county of Lamu in coastal Kenya, a report by AP says.

The Department of Defence said the Air Force helicopter crashed while on night patrol, adding that a board of inquiry has been sent to the scene.

All military personnel and crew on board the helicopter died, a source within the military said while pleading anonymity.

Kenyan troops are also in Somalia under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia to help in fighting al-Shabab.

The AU has perfected plans to withdraw the multinational forces as Somali troops take over responsibility for their country’s security, a withdrawal that has entered its second phase.

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