BREAKING: African Union Mission in Somalia aircraft, Amisom crashes in Somalia

African Union Mission in Somalia aircraft, Amisom crashes in Somalia
An aircraft chartered by the African Union
Mission in Somalia (Amisom) crashed on
Wednesday in a remote area in Afgoye
district, south of Mogadishu.
Mr Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur Sidee, the
governor of Lower Shabelle region,
confirmed the incident, adding that heavy
rains coupled with strong winds may have
caused the crash.
Sources said the Kenyan-registered Dornier
DO-328 plane was carrying supplies for
Amisom.
Its destination was said to be Balidogle
airport, a former military airstrip, 110 km
south of the Somali capital.
It had departed from Nairobi.
“We know that the aircraft crashed in a
rural area called Osman-durre,” said
Governor Sidee.

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ALSHABAAB GROUP
Some reports indicated that militants loyal to
the jihadist group Al-Shabaab who control
the area overran the crash site, covering the
plane with branches and leaves to hide it.
There was no information on casualties.
However, unconfirmed reports said the
militants had seized 12 crew members and
taken them away from the crash site.
The nationality of the crew and their
whereabouts were not known.
“We sent the Somali National Army forces
and Amisom troops to the area to secure the
plane,” Governor Sidee said.
The Somali government has issued no other
statement.
On October 12, an Egypt-owned plane
ferrying supplies to Amisom crashed
between Mogadishu and Afgoye town.
But since the crash area was controlled by
the federal government of Somalia, the
plane’s crew members were safely removed
and taken to Mogadishu.

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