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Kenya steps up terror war with new copters

One of the two  Bell Huey II helicopters delivered yesterday to the Kenya Air Forces. PHOTO | COURTESY
One of the two Bell Huey II helicopters delivered yesterday to the Kenya Air Forces. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Kenya has received the last two of the eight Bell Huey II helicopters it ordered from the United States to strengthen its combat capabilities against terrorism in the Horn of Africa. 

The helicopters, six of which were delivered last December, are mostly used for deployment of troops to battlefields.

They are expected to bolster Kenya Defence Forces’ (KDF) capacity to combat Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militants who have recently staged increased attacks in Kenyan towns of Lamu, Garissa and Mandera.

“These helicopters have the exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments, while being rugged enough to endure extended operations with minimal maintenance,” a statement from the American embassy said.