Unknown Helicopters Attack Islamist Controlled Somali Town

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Monday September 27, 2010 - 13:00:23 in News In English by Xarunta Dhexe
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    Unknown Helicopters Attack Islamist Controlled Somali Town

    An unidentified military helicopter fired rockets at a house where Somali militants were meeting Sunday, residents and insurgent leaders said, in an apparent strike against Al-Shabab.

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An unidentified military helicopter fired rockets at a house where Somali militants were meeting Sunday, residents and insurgent leaders said, in an apparent strike against Al-Shabab.

Residents in Merca, a seaside town firmly in Al-Shabab's hands, said that a foreign military helicopter was flying low circles overhead Sunday morning before the attack. The residents said they saw the helicopter coming from the ocean but did not see any ships or know what country it belonged to. According to one Al-Shabab official, the helicopter's rockets narrowly missed killing several leaders of the group.

Immediately after the attack, the group started blocking the roads in and outside the town and started investigations. They also seized cell phones from local reporters in an effort to ensure that the information did not go beyond Merca, according to residents.

The rockets hit "between two houses, and for God's sake, no one has been killed or injured in the attack," said the Al-Shabab official, who spoke from Merca on the condition of anonymity. "It was in fact a house where Al-Shabab officials were meeting."

The Islamist group has in the past lost two important leaders, Saleh Ali Nabhan and Aden Hashi Ayro, following similar attacks in a southern town of Barawe and another in the central Somali city of Dusa Mareb.

Both attacks were claimed by the U.S. government which accused Al Shabaab of being an affiliate of Al Qaeda in the horn of Africa and of involvement in the deadly 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The Islamist group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in July in the Ugandan capital Kampala which left more than 70 dead and injured dozens of others.

Troops from Uganda are part of the 6,000-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping Mission in Somalia known as AMISOM which also comprise contingent from Burundi.

Reports from the southern town of Barawe, 200 km south of the Somali capital, also indicated that unidentified helicopters were hovering over the city while Islamist fighters were firing anti- aircraft guns at them.

Unidentified supposedly surveillance aircrafts, either manned or unmanned, are often reported to fly over Islamist controlled coastal areas in the south of the war ravaged east African nation.

Rohosafi,
English News Staff
Email: Englishnews@live.com

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