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US Somali air strikes 'kill many'

The US has carried out at least two air strikes in southern Somalia against Islamist fighters, who the US believes include members of an al-Qaeda cell. The targets were reported to have been tracked by aerial reconnaissance and then attacked by a US gunship launched from a US military base in Djibouti. The US says Somali Islamists sheltered al-Qaeda operatives linked to the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa. The Somali transitional government says many people were killed in the raid.

The air strikes are taking place just a few days after the Union of Islamic Courts, which had taken control of much of central and southern Somalia during the past six months, was routed by soldiers from Ethiopia and Somalia's transitional government. The US accuses the Islamists of having links to al-Qaeda - charges they deny.

'Boy killed'

Witnesses told the BBC Somali service that an area near the town of Afmadow was being bombed on Tuesday. The area was one of those hit on Monday, with unconfirmed reports of four civilians killed in the village of Hayo. "My 4-year-old boy was killed in the strike," Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the BBC from the area.

Source: BBC
Tag: Somalia War Against Terrorism

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