At least three Somali special forces were killed on Saturday after African Union Transition Mission (ATMIS) helicopter crashed outside a US drone base in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, ATMIS has confirmed.
According to the Peacekeeping mission, three of the eleven passengers on board lost their lives. Eight injured officers have been evacuated to Mogadishu for urgent medical attention.
” The SRCC and Head of ATMIS, Ambassador Mohamed El-Amine Souef, commiserates with the families of the deceased and wishes the injured officers quick recovery.” A statement from ATMIS read in part.
The mission said Investigations have also been launched to determine the cause of the crash.
Dead bodies of soldiers were brought to the heavily-fortified Halane base late on Saturday.
The soldiers were part of dozens of newly-trained Danab special forces, who are trained and equipped by the US military.