Kenya Defence Forces have suffered a blow after the Kenya Airforce helicopter crashed in Lamu county killing crew members.
A statement by the Kenya Airforce indicates that the Huey Helicopter crashed Monday night while on patrol in Lamu County.
The patrol is part of government measures to pacify Boni forest which has become a hideout of suspected al-Shabaab militia.
“The crew and other military personnel onboard were part of an air surveillance squadron intensifying day and night patrols and surveillance for the ongoing operation Amani Boni,” KDF said in a statement.
The exact number of crew members dead is not known as KDF did not provide the information. Such information is always kept under.
“The leadership and entire KDF fraternity condole with the families of the crew,” it added.
KDF said a board of inquiry into the cause of the tragedy has been constituted and dispatched to the scene to establish the course of the crash.
Lamu County has been prone to cases of terrorist attacks that caused the death of several people including police officers.
Earlier this month, at least 14 KDF officers died after their vehicle on patrol ran over an IED device.
The Kenyan government has however vowed to deal with the al-Shabaab militia and ensure the country is pacified.