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US targets al-Qaeda in Somalia airstrike

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US targets al-Qaeda in Somalia airstrike


A number of people are reported to have been killed in a US air strike in southern Somalia. An AC-130 aircraft is said to have fired on a village where Islamist militants were holed-up. A Somali government source said US commanders believed an al-Qaeda leader was among of the targets of the raid. American media have been reporting that he is believed to be a suspect in the car bomb attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. But no name has been given and there has been no comment on the air-strike by the Pentagon.

Islamist militia fled to southern Somalia after being driven out of Mogadishu by Ethiopian and interim government forces. The US has claimed al Qaeda operatives are among the Islamists. It has also being reported that the US aircraft carrier Eisenhower was moving from the North Arabian Sea toward Somalia to support the ongoing operation.

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