Another plane carrying humanitarian supplies and belonging to Kenya was yesterday, 25th May 2020, shot at in Qansahdere, Bay Region in Somalia.
The plane is reported by the Somalia media personnel to have been shot at as it approached Qansahdhere airfield, Bay region
Nobody was injured in the incident though a bullet hole can be seen on the side of the plane. According to some Somalia media sources, it is very likely that the Al-Shabaab was behind the shooting.
Photos of the Kenya plane shot in Somalia land as it ferried humanitarian supplies have since gone viral on various social media platforms with Kenyans urging the government to take charge lest it grows into a habit.
Kenyans online have argued that the incident only occurred because the Kenyan government kept mum when another plane was shot by the Ethiopian military in Somalia less than a month ago.
The photos being shared on social media show the impact of a light weapon on the cabin side and intrados on one of the plane wings.
The bullet is said to probably been aimed at the pilot so as to crash the plane but failed and the occupants were able to escape unhurt.
Halgan Media which is an online platform based in Somalia’s Ogaden claimed the second plane could have actually been shot at by Ethiopian troops in another case of mistaken identity.
The Ethiopian military has been tasked with patrolling Qansahdhere town in Somalia’s Bay area and is being accused of shooting another Kenyan plane transporting humanitarian supplies for the second time in a month.
The last case of the Ethiopian shooting of a Kenya plane in Somalia land was on the 4th of May 2020 which led to the crash in Bardale, killing all the six people who were on board.
The Ethiopian military confirmed on the 9th of May 2020 that it had indeed shot at the Kenyan plane arguing that they had mistaken it for a ‘potential suicide mission’.
“Because of lack of communication and awareness, the aircraft was shot down. The incident …will require a mutual collaborative investigation team from Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya to further understand the truth,” the Ethiopian military said on the first incident of a Kenyan plane being shot.