Kenya army chief among 5 killed in helicopter crash

10:33 PM | 18 Apr, 2024
Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Ogolla
Caption: Source: Kenya Defence Forces

A tragic incident unfolded Thursday afternoon as a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Sindar area, straddling the border between West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties. Among the passengers was the Chief of Defence Forces, Francis Ogolla.

Reports from the scene indicate that the crash resulted in the loss of five lives, while three individuals managed to survive, albeit with injuries. Emergency responders swiftly airlifted the injured to nearby hospitals for urgent medical attention.

In response to the calamity, President William Ruto has convened an urgent meeting of senior security personnel at State House, Nairobi. The focus of the meeting is likely to address the aftermath of this tragic event and chart a path forward for the security apparatus.

The National Security Council, which includes key figures such as the President, his deputy, the Defence minister, the Attorney-General, the Chief of Defence Forces, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Service, and the Inspector-General of Police, holds paramount importance in such circumstances. It serves as the highest decision-making body concerning security matters in the nation, entrusted with oversight of security organs and other critical functions related to national security.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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