Four UPDF soldiers injured in Somalia helicopter crash

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has confirmed that four UPDF soldiers picked up injuries following a UPDF helicopter crash in Somalia on Friday.

In a statement released by AMISOM, a helicopter on a mission to support AMISOM troops crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

The helicopter, whose registration details were not disclosed, belonged to the AU mission’s Aviation Unit from the UPDF but AMISOM was quick to state that all the four soldiers aboard the helicopter were in stable condition following the incidence despite picking up injuries.

“All four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition,” AMISOM said in a statement.

The statement further says investigations into the crash are on going to determine the cause of the crash. However, preliminary reports indicate that it was due to a mechanical failure.

The UPDF deputy spokesperson Deo Akiiki confirmed the incident but could not divulge more details about the injured and the degree of injuries. He said that the incident will not deter their mission in Somalia.

Source – Matooke Republic

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