The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) helicopter on a mission to support African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops has crashed in Somalia injuring four.

The helicopter crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia on Friday, 5 February 2020.

According to a statement released by AMISOM, all the four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition.

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“Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash. However, preliminary reports indicate that it was due to a mechanical failure,” AMISOM said.

The deputy UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki has told Eagle Online that the crashed jet will affect their activities. ‘Such eventualities are bound to happen and we always have the second course of action to avoid any stoppage in planned operations. We have more than one set and they hardly operate at ago,” he said.

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