At least six killed in Kenyan humanitarian plane crashing in Somalia

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At least six people were killed on board a Kenyan plane that crashed in Somalia on Monday where it was carrying out a humanitarian mission, the Kenyan foreign ministry announced, which judged the circumstances of the crash “unclear” and called for a “prompt investigation.”

The Kenyan private cargo plane – an Embraer 120 – was carrying material as part of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic when it crashed on Monday afternoon in the Bardale district in southern Somalia, the ministry said.

Six people were aboard the short flight from Baidoa to Bardale, some 300 kilometers northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to authorities.

“The plane was about to land on the Bardale runway when it crashed and caught fire. All six people on board died in the accident,” Abdulahi Isack, a local police official, told AFP by phone.

Kenya asked Somalia “to investigate this case quickly and in depth, because it has an impact on humanitarian operations at a time when needs are most important.”

“The incident occurred under unclear circumstances,” said the Kenyan Foreign Ministry.

The Islamist group Al Shabab, affiliated with Al Qaida, is active in southern Somalia, but the area where the accident occurred is under the control of the government and Ethiopian troops of the international force deployed by the African Union (AU).

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