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Several killed in Somalia airstrike

01 February 2015, 15:51

Mogadishu - Several people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia apparently targeting a house used by members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militia, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

A Shabaab source confirmed a missile hit the Islamist-held stronghold of Dinsoor, 270km west of the capital Mogadishu, late on Saturday, but declined to give details on who was targeted and how many casualties there were from the attack.

Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, a Somali government official in the lower Shabele region, said several Shabaab militants died.

"Many al-Shebab militants were killed in the airstrike," he said, without giving details on who was targeted and which country carried out the attack.

Also read: Al Shabaab leader killed in U.S. air strike in Mogadishu

A resident in Dinsoor, Ali Yare, told AFP by telephone that four civilians may have been wounded or killed in the attack.

"We heard a very loud explosion and a few minutes later I saw cars rushing to the scene, some of them returned with casualties. Four civilians were among the casualties," he said. "We don't know who was the target because the area was sealed off."

In September last year the Shabaab's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in a US airstrike, and Washington carried out another strike in December, killing who Somali officials said was a top Shabaab intelligence official.

The United States has no permanently deployed ground force in Somalia but supports the government and sometimes deploys air power or special forces against targets linked to al-Qaeda.



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