Kenya: Kenyan military aircraft crashes after air strikes in Kismayu

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) combat aircraft has crashed in southern Somalia after developing a technical fault, a military spokesman said Thursday.

The aircraft developed a technical fault after carrying out an operation in Jamaame, southern Somalia, 50 km from Kismayu.

Col. David Obonyo, the KDF spokesman, said: "The aircraft developed a technical problem and crashed."

Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to lose direction before it crashed. But the militant group, Al Shabaab, claimed they hit the aircraft using an anti-aircraft rocket. The claim could not be independently verified.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said this week that the country was at war with the Al Shabaab, after the killing of 36 workers from a quarry in Koromey, Mandera, in northern Kenya.

Kenyan officials said they had initiated a review of the security procedures to effectively combat terrorism.

-0- PANA AO/AR 4Dec2014

04 december 2014 19:27:00

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