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Six dead as plane carrying coronavirus aid allegedly shot down in Somalia

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Tuesday, 05 May, 2020, 00:15
Six dead as plane carrying coronavirus aid allegedly shot down in Somalia

A plane carrying aid supplies for use in the fight against the coronavirus crashed in Somalia on Monday, killing all six people on board, the Somali transport minister said.
He declined to speculate on the cause of the crash, but a former defense minister told Reuters he had spoken to a witness at the airfield who said it appeared to have been shot down.Samalia's Secretary General Abdalle Ahmed Mumin wrote on twitter, "According to local security officials a rocket-propelled grenade brought down a light Kenyan-registered aircraft with 6 crew while landing in Bardaale town in Bay region #Somalia."
He added, "2 Kenyan pilots & 4 #Somali nationals are dead. #Ethiopian forces hit the plane mistakenly."Somalia's al Qaeda-linked insurgency al Shabaab has a presence in the area where the plane came down, although the town of Bardale, in the southern Bay region, and its airfield is secured by Somali forces and Ethiopian troops.