Ethiopia Admits Shooting Down Kenyan Civilian Plane in Somalia

The Plane was Carrying Relief Food and Medical Supplies to Somalia

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Ethiopia has admitted shooting down a privately owned Kenyan plane in Somalia earlier this week. The plane was shot down on Monday by Ethiopian forces who are protecting a camp in the town of Bardale in southwestern Somalia, killing all the six people on board.

The small plane was carrying relief food and medical supplies when it was shot down. Ethiopian military said they believed the plane was on a suicide mission since it was flying very low and they had not been informed about the flight.

“Because of lack of communication and awareness, the aircraft was shot down,” the military said in a statement.

Ethiopia and Kenya soldiers are among those deployed to Somalia as part of an AU peacekeeping mission to fight the armed group al-Shabaab.