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Al-Shabab militants seize U.N. helicopter and personnel in Somalia

The U.N. in Somalia confirmed "an aviation incident" with a U.N.-contracted helicopter in Galmudug, Somalia.

A U.N. night air operations helicopter in Sudan. (AN/Omar Pina/Unsplash)

United Nations officials worried about the fate of one of its helicopters and crew captured by al-Qaida’s East Africa affiliate al-Shabab after being forced to make an emergency landing in Somalia.

The al-Shabab militants reportedly killed one of the passengers who was trying to escape on Wednesdy and abducted most of the other passengers, including some military personnel. Two passengers also reportedly fled the scene.

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