Ethiopia Has Admitted That Its Troops Shot Down A Kenyan Civilian Cargo Plane In Somalia
The commander of sector 3 of the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia said that the plane did not follow the established flight Protocol and that there was no communication with it.
The Ethiopian armed forces have admitted that Ethiopian troops mistakenly shot down a civilian cargo plane in Somalia, resulting in the death of five people on board. This was reported on Saturday by the Kenyan newspaper The Standard, referring to a letter sent by the Ethiopian side to the African Union (AU).
"The plane approaching the location of the Ethiopian troops did not follow the established flight Protocol, our military concluded that the plane was trying to attack their camp," the newspaper quotes the letter of the commander of sector 3 of the African Union peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). It also indicates that there was no communication with the plane.
A civilian plane registered in Kenya was carrying humanitarian aid for residents of Western Somalia in connection with the new coronavirus pandemic on May 4. He was flying from the Somali capital of Mogadishu to the city of Berdele in the West of the country. On approach to Berdel, the plane was shot down by a guided missile.
At the same time, the Ethiopian command stressed that the troops involved in the incident were not part of AMISOM.
Ethiopia sent a contingent to AMISOM in 2014. The mission has the mandate to support the Federal government of Somalia, implement the national security plan, and train the Somali security services. The Ethiopian contingent in AMISOM now has 4.3 thousand troops out of a total of 20.6 thousand. Ethiopia is responsible for sector 3 of AMISOM, which includes the Somali regions of Bakul and Gedo, as well as Bay, adjacent to its borders. In these territories, Ethiopian forces are opposing the structures of the Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabab, whose influence in this part of Somalia is significant.