Kenya Shells Kismayo - Al Shabaab Cordons City

Sat, 2012-06-09 12:09 by admin

Garowe Online

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Kismayo, Somalia — The Al Shabaab controlled port city of Kismayo, was shelled by helicopters on Thursday, as Kenyan troops backed by Somali forces attempt to capture the city, Garowe Online reports.

According to local sources in the Lower Juba region, the airstrikes hit three districts under Baadeera and Kismayo city. Bulohaji, Sadeh Lugood and Santaro districts were hit heavily by helicopters that belong to the Kenyan military, residents said.

There have been no reports of casualties as of yet, but residents suggest that the size of the bombardment could result in many civilian casualties.

In an effort to cripple Al Shabaab in Kismayo, Kenya has reverted to strikes from both naval warships and helicopters. Kenyan troops entered Somalia in October of last year, and as of yet have failed to capture the stronghold of Kismayo. …

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