Al-Shabab Fighters Kill 1 Person, Capture 5 Others From UN Helicopter, Says Somali Officials


Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabab, on Wednesday, killed one person and capturing five others on a United Nations helicopter in central Somalia.

According to officials in Somalia, the helicopter made an emergency landing in Xindheere village, an area controlled by the fighters in Galgudug region of the Galmudug state

Mohamed Abdi Aden Gaboobe, the minister of internal security of the Galmudug state, said the helicopter suffered an engine failure.

The official added that six foreigners and one Somali national were onboard.

He told the Associated Press that al-Shabab fighters detained five passengers, and another was shot dead while trying to escape.

One passenger remained at large.

Al-Shabab has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

National broadcaster SNTV reported that the helicopter which was being used for emergency assistance to support the Federal Government.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an aviation official said the helicopter was headed to the eastern town of Wisil for a medical evacuation.