Yesterday 04th December 2014, a KDF aircraft while returning from a combat mission in Somalia developed technical problems. The pilot of the aircraft made a distress call to his wingman; the pilot in a second aircraft.
Regrettably, the aircraft crashed within enemy territory, Al Shabaab militia reached the site of the crashed aircraft and set it on fire. The fate of the pilot remains unknown; he is still missing in action.
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The two aircraft were from a successful mission where they destroyed Araare, an Al Shabaab base which had been confirmed by intelligence as an operation and logistics base. According to our sources in Somalia, several Al Shabaab militia including foreign fighters were killed, and many others injured and equipment destroyed during the airstrikes.
The Chief of the Defence Forces and the entire KDF family join the family of the missing hero during this moment of anxiety.
This incident only serves to reaffirm our resolve to continue pursuing and destroying the Al Shabaab in order to preserve the territorial integrity of our country which has been and continues to be threatened by the callous and murderous bunch of Islamic Jihadist.
Colonel David Obonyo
Colonel Public Affairs.