Explosion destroys vehicle in militant stronghold in Somalia

2015-07-16 11:05
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Nairobi - A drone strike in south-central Somalia, a strategic stronghold of the Islamist group al-Shabaab, destroyed a vehicle belonging to the militants in the early hours of Thursday, residents and officials said.

The car, which was believed to be carrying militants, was hit just outside the town of Bardere, which al-Shabaab captured from government forces in 2009 and has controlled ever since.

Somali forces and the African Union-led peacekeeping force, known as Amisom, have been advancing on the area over the past three days, officials say.

"Last night, a drone smashed an al-Shabaab car believed to be carrying three officials," said local elder Nur Farah told Reuters on Thursday.

A spokesperson from the militants could not immediately be reached for comment. An Amisom spokesperson also could not be reached.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, which wants to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam on Somalia, has been driven out of major strongholds by the African and Somali forces but continues to launch bomb and gun attacks against officials, politicians and others.

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

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