AU plane ‘catches fire’
A cargo plane transporting Ugandan soldiers to Somalia’s capital caught
fire as it landed at Mogadishu’s airport, officials say.
A Somali Islamic group has claimed it shot at the aircraft, but Uganda’s army
spokesman told the BBC investigations so far suggest a technical problem.
Paddy Ankunda said none of the seven soldiers on board were injured.
Some 1,700 Ugandan troops are being deployed to the country as part of an
African Union peace mission to Somalia.
The AU force is taking over from Ethiopian troops who intervened to help the
interim government oust the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which had held
power for six months and restored some order to the anarchic country.
Mr Ankunda said initial investigations indicated that the plane, which was
carrying seven soldiers and military equipment, caught fire following mechanical