Jets bomb al Shabaab base in southern Somalia

Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:33pm GMT
 

MOGADISHU, March 17 (Reuters) - Jets bombed an al Shabaab base north of Somalia's Kismayu port on Saturday but it was not clear if there were any casualties, residents and officials said.

The jets hit the insurgents' base near the village of Daytubako, 135 km (84 miles) north of Kismayu, the nerve-centre of rebel operations in the Horn of Africa country.

Mohamud Farah, the spokesman for Somali government troops in Lower Juba, southern Somalia, told Reuters the jets were likely to be Kenyan, but the east African country's military spokesman could not immediately confirm the attack.

Kenya sent troops into anarchic Somalia in October after raids and kidnappings it blamed on al Shabaab, but the advance has slowed and regional insecurity is no better. Somali rebels killed seven people in an attack inside Kenya last week. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar; Writing by James Macharia)

 
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