Al-Shabab Seizes UN Helicopter in Somalia

UN Mission Aircraft Taken by Militants After Technical Issue

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UN Mission Aircraft Taken by Militants After Technical Issue

In a concerning development, the al-Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabab has reportedly taken control of a United Nations (UN) helicopter that landed in their area of control in Galmudug state, Somalia. The helicopter, which was part of the UN mission in the region, encountered a technical glitch and made an emergency landing near Gadoon village in the Galgaduud region.

According to reports from Al Jazeera, the incident involved nine individuals, including military personnel and a contractor from outside the company. At least six passengers have been taken into custody by al-Shabab. A UN official in Mogadishu has confirmed the incident, and all UN flights in the vicinity have been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure.

Shortly after the incident, Major Hassan Ali informed Reuters news agency that the helicopter had encountered a problem after taking off from Beledweyne city in central Somalia. The aircraft was carrying medical supplies and was intended to transport injured soldiers from the Galgaduud region.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed the incident involving a UN-contracted helicopter in Galmudug, Somalia, stating, “I can confirm the incident involved a UN-contracted helicopter that took place today in Galmudug, Somalia.”

The UN is closely monitoring the situation and working to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals involved.