3 Ugandan choppers crash in Kenyan airspace

2012-08-13 11:13
Ugandan soldiers (AFP, File)

Ugandan soldiers (AFP, File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nairobi - Three Ugandan military helicopters crashed in Kenyan airspace at the weekend on their way to Somalia and bad weather was hampering search and rescue efforts, a Kenyan defence spokesperson said on Monday.

A pilot from one of the three helicopters was in touch with authorities, who were searching for the survivors in the Mount Kenya region of central Kenya.

It was not clear how many people were aboard the Russian-built MI-24 helicopters when they crashed on Sunday or how many had survived. Officials have not said whether the helicopters were brought down or suffered mechanical failure.

"We are waiting for the weather to clear at Mount Kenya so that we can strengthen our efforts for search and rescue," Kenya's Department of Defence spokesperson Bogita Ongeri said.

Ongeri said four Ugandan helicopters left a base in the Ugandan city of Entebbe on Sunday to reinforce African Union peacekeeping forces battling al-Shabaab rebels, but only one landed at a Kenyan base in Garissa on the border with Somalia.

Ugandan troops form the backbone of the African Union peacekeeping force (Amisom) in Somalia. The air force said on 7 August that it was deploying transport and combat helicopters to Somalia to beef up the force.

The African Union force, which also includes Kenyan and Burundian troops, is planning an offensive on Somalia's second biggest city Kismayu, which is a hub for the Islamist militants, before 20.

Al-Shabaab struck the Ugandan capital Kampala in mid-2010 when suicide bombers from the al-Qaeda-linked group killed more than 70 people who were watching soccer on television, in revenge for the presence of Ugandan troops in Somalia.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  amisom  |  somalia  |  uganda  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.