Nairobi  - Four US soldiers serving in Horn of Africa operations have been killed in an air crash near a US military base in Djibouti, the US Department of Defence said. The four were killed when their U-28 aircraft crashed on Saturday, a statement released late on Monday said. “The Department of Defence announced today the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom ...The cause of the accident is under investigation,” the statement said.

It gave the names of those killed as Captain Ryan P Hall, 30; Captain Nicholas S Whitlock, 29; First Lieutenant Justin J Wilkens, 26; and Senior Airman Julian S Scholten, also 26.

The Red Sea state also hosts the largest French army camp on the continent and is used by anti-piracy naval patrols.