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UPDF helicopter on a mission to support AMISOM troops crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle in the lower Shabelle region of Somalia on Friday.

African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom)  launched investigations into circumstances under which its helicopter crashed in southern Somalia injuring four Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers.

In a statement released Sunday evening, Amisom said the helicopter, whose registration details were not disclosed, belonged to the AU mission’s Aviation Unit from the UPDF. The statement, however, said all the four soldiers aboard the helicopter were in stable condition following the incidence.

“All four soldiers aboard the helicopter were rescued and are in a stable medical condition,” the statement reads. The statement further says investigations into the crash are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash. However, preliminary reports indicate that it was due to a mechanical failure.

The four soldiers rescued where on a mission to support its troops in Lower Shabelle region crashed soon after take-off in Balidogle on February 5.

The UPDF deputy spokesperson Deo Akiiki confirmed the incident but could not divulge more details about the injured and the degree of injuries. The UPDF deployed choppers in Somalia in July last year to help in the fight against Alshabab militants.

Source; the observer