update Somalia: 'Foreign air raid' targets Kismayo's al-Shabab
At least 15 insurgents were killed in a foreign helicopter attack on a Shabab rebel military base near Kismayo, Somalia, witnesses and officials said Friday. The attack, which occurred on Thursday, killed at least 15 Shabab commanders, including eight foreigners, a local human rights organization said. It was not clear who carried out the attack. American Special Operations forces have attacked Somali militants by helicopter at least once before.
A terrified resident in Khandal itself told our correspondent that a plane had been flying over the area since yesterday in a suspected reconnaissance mission.
“I am shocked that this big thing happened. What I can see are al-Shabaab fighters everywhere in the city. Everyone remained indoors, terrified,” a local women told terrer free somalia.
Khandal has been a key hiding and training point for the militants, particularly foreign fighters, due to its strategic location.
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