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8 dead as Kenyan military helicopter crashes near Somalia



A Kenyan military helicopter has crashed near the country’s border with Somalia, killing all eight people on board, military officials in the East African country said on Tuesday morning.

According to the Kenyan Department of Defense, the crash occurred in the county of Lamu in coastal Kenya as the Kenyan defense forces operate in the area to help “deter al-Qaida-linked extremists from the al-Shahab group based across the border in Somalia.”

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash but the Department said the Air Force helicopter crashed while on night patrol, adding that a board of inquiry had been sent to the scene.

A defence official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said all military personnel and crew on board the helicopter died in the crash.

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