Helicopter crash kills at least 4 Somali special forces at US drone base


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – At least four Somali special forces were killed on Saturday after a helicopter crashed outside a US drone base in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, local media reported.

The soldiers were making commando raid exercise when the helicopter accident occurred outside Balidoogle US drone base, which is situated about 60 miles northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Some local media outlets put the death toll from the accident at 8, but there has been no official comments from Somali and US military officials. 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.

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