Kenya Calls For Thorough Investigation By Somalia Into The Shooting Down of Kenyan Aircraft

The crash site of Embraer 120 aircraft near Bardale town in Somalia –operated by African Airways.

NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) –Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said it tasked the Somali government with providing answers on the “unclear circumstances” under which a Kenyan-registered aircraft was downed in Bardale late Monday.

Six people were killed in the plane crash, according to African Airways officials whose aircraft was transporting humanitarian aid to a besieged district in restive south Somalia.

In a statement, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign affairs expressed shock and regret at the news saying the aircraft had been supporting humanitarian operations during COVID19 outbreak.

The Kenyan government wants Somalia to thoroughly investigate the incident, warning that it could adversely affect humanitarian activities in war-torn nation.

“Kenyan and other humanitarian aircraft operating in the region are also urged to enhance extra precaution in light of the unclear circumstances surrounding the incident,” reads a statement issued by Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It adds: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs working with other Agencies shall keenly monitor the investigation of this tragic incident and will collaborate with all to bring closure and resolution to the incident.”

The Embraer 120 aircraft operated by African Airways was chartered by a non-governmental organization to transport medical supplies from Baidoa to Bardale in Bay region, Somalia.

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