A Kenya military plane crashed Thursday in war-torn southern Somalia, the army said, blaming “technical problems”, while the Shebab fighters boasted they had shot it down.

Kenyan troops entered southern Somalia three years ago to fight the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, later joining an African Union force.

They have carried out recent heavy air strikes against Shebab bases in southern Somalia after the extremists carried out a string of attacks inside Kenya including two recent massacres of over 60 people.

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