Foreign militants killed in Somali air strike

2012-02-24 13:10
Mogadishu - At least three foreign militants of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels were killed in a strike on a car in a rebel stronghold in southern Somalia early on Friday, a senior Somali intelligence official and residents said.

The intelligence official, who declined to be named, said he was investigating reports that the explosion could have been caused by an airstrike or missile attack on a car carrying foreign fighters.

"At least three foreign militants were killed in the explosion, and we are investigating if it was air strikes or a missile and whether there are more casualties," the intelligence official told Reuters.

Residents said the strike took place in the lower Shabelle region, 60km south of the capital Mogadishu.

A missile launched from an unmanned aircraft killed a foreign fighter with al-Shabaab on January 21, which the militant group said came from a US drone.

It was not possible to independently verify that report. The United States never comments officially on drone strikes.

At a London conference aimed at energising attempts to end more than 20 years of anarchy in Somalia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday cautioned that Western air strikes on al-Shabaab-held zones.

Al-Shabaab rebels are also fighting troops from Kenya, which has carried out frequent air strikes on militant bases in southern Somalia after launching an incursion to hunt down the insurgents whom it accuses of cross-border attacks.

Kenya's military spokesperson was not available to comment.

The Somali government says hundreds of foreign fighters have joined the Islamist insurgency from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Gulf region, and Western nations such as the United States and Britain.

Some of them have taken up senior positions within al-Shabaab.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  hillary clinton  |  somalia  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.