World News / Helicopter Crash > Kenya’s internal security minister was killed with five other people when the police helicopter they were traveling in crashed in a forest near Kenya’s capital, officials said.
An anti-corruption crusader said the incident calls into question the government’s procurement of airplanes and helicopters for its security forces.
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode, were among the six killed in the Sunday crash, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said.
Two pilots and two bodyguards also died in the crash, officials said.
Kenya’s government declared three days of mourning for the crash victims.
The death of Saitoti is a “great tragedy that has befallen our country at this time as we are making elaborate preparations to hold peaceful elections,” Prime Minister Raila Odinga said at the scene of the crash, a forest in the city’s outskirts.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Kenyan police cordoned off the scene of the crash and said they were investigating.
Rescue officials collected the charred and scattered remains of those killed.