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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.

Comments
  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-24 14:38

    Islamists.... gaaah... evil personified.

  • mmoledis - 2012-02-25 12:14

    All African governments must be tough and take aggressive actions against anyone taking chance of destabilising African continent, like Al shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria. We want a peaceful Africa and not Africa that will be like Afghanistan,Iraq, and Pakistan where there is no peace of mind and security for their citizens because they allowed lawlessness in their countries. Well done Kenyan government, take charge of Africa and uproot elements that are bad like Al Shabaab you are making Africa save and in future would like to see USA and Britain assisting with their troops also to save Africa from the dragon. China and Russia are not good one can not base his trust at them they are in Africa just to pursue their own countries interests and empty Africa of its resources and nothing else, like what is happening now in DRC done by the Chinese brain washing people that they are there to restructure the country while are there for their economic advances. Viva viva Kenya, maybe in due course South Africa can put a hand also by helping you as this is also their baby to take care of, eliminating bad elements within African continent.

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