News, March 2008
3 Women, 3 Children Killed, 20 Injured, in a US Air Strike on Somalia
U.S. military launches air strike against Somali (fighters') cell
www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-03 23:57:12
WASHINGTON, March 3 (Xinhua) --
The U.S. military fired several precision missiles to a target in southern Somalia, CNN reported on Monday.
A U.S. military official said the strike was aimed at a facility where there were known (fighters) linked to the al-Qaida near Dhoobley that is close to the Kenyan border.
The official said on condition of anonymity the strike was conducted very deliberately not to hit civilians, but he did not disclose any casualty since the military is still collecting post-strike information.
However, local officials in Dhoobley said two houses were destroyed by the strike, leaving three women and three children dead, and another 20 injured.
Last year, a U.S. Navy ship off the Somalia shore launched a strike against suspected al-Qaida targets in the nation.
Somali fighters fight to liberate their country from the Ethiopian foreign occupation.
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