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Issue 503/ 17th - 23rd Sept 2011

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Fadumo Saeed Draws Attention To The Plight Of Homeless Children

Dr Ise Abdi Jama Urges Somaliland Physicians To Work Diligently, Warns Against Personal Attacks

Journalists Continue To Be Targeted In Somaliland

Local and Regional Affairs

Somaliland Appeals Court Confirms Fine For Newspaper Editor

Attackers Shoot Journalist In Somalia

Rwandan Artists Sing Their Big Hearts For Somalia

Air Raids Heard In Southern Somalia

Somalia Crisis Has Cost World $55 Billion Since 1991 - Report

Al-Shabaab Allows Turks To Deliver Relief

Three Terrorist Groups In Africa Pose Threat To U.S., American Commander Says


The Business Of Famine In South Somalia

Features & Commentary

Session: Africa’s Challenge: South Sudan And Beyond

Twenty Years Of Collapse And Counting: The Cost Of Failure In Somalia

Somalia: On the Road to Recovery or Déjà vu?

Travelers Should Beware Of Pirates

A Man-Made Disaster: How Militant Islamism, The War Against Terror And Famine Are Connected In Somalia

International News


Is There A Country Called “Somalia”? A Widespread Misconception

Etihad, This Amazing Airline Deserves Attention!

The Triumph Of Democracy And Good Governance In Somaliland

Current Status Of Forests And Woodlands In Somaliland: (Threats And Opportunities)


Air Raids Heard In Southern Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia, September 17, 2011 — The sound of aircraft and heavy explosions was heard around Somalia's Islamist controlled Kismayo region in the south of the conflict-torn country, residents said on Friday.
The blasts late Thursday in a jungle near the port town of Kismayo followed several overflights by suspected military planes.
"We heard planes flying over Kismayo and minutes later there were at least three explosions," local resident Mohamed Ali told AFP by phone.
"I think the planes fired missiles because there were also sounds of anti-aircraft weapons fired by the Shabaab fighters," Ali added, referring to the Al-Qaeda linked rebels that control huge swathes of southern Somalia.
Abdikarim Samow, another resident, said he heard explosions and saw terrified residents.
"The aircraft fired heavy missiles into a jungle area where the Shabaab established training camps, but we don't know more," Samow said.
Other residents confirmed the explosions, but it was unclear who was behind them.
In June, residents and Islamist rebels reported similar explosions around Kismayo.
The United States has in the past conducted several raids on southern Somalia, targeting senior regional Al-Qaeda figures.
In January 2007 a US air raid left dozens of people dead in Ras Kamboni in the far south of the country. One of the presumed targets was Al-Qaeda's chief in east Africa Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, who survived the raid but was gunned down at a roadblock in Mogadishu in June this year.
The Shabaab recently pulled out of the capital Mogadishu.
On Thursday, Somalia officials and residents said Kenyan helicopter gunships fired missiles around Elwak region near the Kenyan border.
"Kenyan forces carried out aerial bombardment on several locations near the border where terrorist militants are likely to be hiding, but we don't have details about the incident," Somali government official Salad Mohamed said.
The Kenyan army was not reachable for comment.
But a Shabaab commander told AFP that their fighters were not in the area targeted by the Kenyan forces.
"The mujahideen fighters were not there when the Kenyan aircrafts fired missiles."
Source: AFP







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