US donates helicopters to Kenya to aid war against al-Shabaab


The United States has donated six new helicopters to the Kenyan army to beef up its campaign against Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

According to local media outlet Nation, two more choppers are expected to be delivered in May 2017.

The helicopters were received by the East African country’s Defence minister Raychelle Omamo on Friday.

“They will play a significant role in complex operations by our forces, especially in the Somalia theatre. It is an exceptional force multiplier for KDF,” she said.

The grant, valued at $106 million (Sh11 billion), is part of the assistance pledged by President Obama to boost security in the region.

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said it is the single largest donation to a foreign country in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This is will help in our joint efforts to fight Al-Shabaab. The US will remain a steadfast partner in fighting terrorism and radicalisation,” he said.