MOGADISHU: Missiles fired from an unidentified military aircraft struck Shebab targets in southern Somalia early on Thursday causing casualties, sources said.
According to traditional elders near Bardhere town in the southern Gedo region, at least two missiles struck vehicles believed to be carrying commanders of the Somali-led Al-Qaeda affiliate.
“We heard two big explosions and the information we are getting indicates that vehicles were targeted close to a Shebab military base,” said Abdiwahab Ali, an elder at a village close to the scene of the attack.
“Village residents are telling us a missile fired from an aircraft struck a vehicle and a nearby military camp belonging to Shebab,” said Hassan Gesle, another elder.
Immediately after the attack the mobile phone network in Bardhere was cut off, making it impossible to reach Shebab commanders for comment.
Regional government officials confirmed the air strike but were unable to give details of who was targeted.