24 August 2012

Somalia: Air Strikes Hit Coastal Town in Bari Region

Qandala — Air strikes reportedly from a US military aircraft or naval ship on the coastal town of Qandala caused damage to many buildings in the town, Garowe Online reports.

According to sources in Qandala the strikes hit Thursday afternoon after naval ships which had been patrolling the coast of Qandala for days. It is unclear as of yet if the strikes were from a naval ship or planes that had taken off from the naval ship as attempts to reach US naval bases stationed in Somali waters failed.

However residents in Qandala say that the strikes were from planes which had been doing surveillance on the coastal town for days. Sources close to Puntland government say that the areas which the US naval ships targeted were areas of specific interest. Last month Yemeni Al Qaeda operative and two other Al Shabaab agents smuggled in explosives but were caught by Puntland police. The two Al Shabaab agents escaped from the scene.

According to Puntland government the police are closing in on the two agents after uncovering new leads in the investigation. Many buildings and houses were destroyed in the strikes on Thursday yet there were no casualties sustained in the strikes. Many Bossaso residents rushed to Qandala after hearing about the airstrikes bringing medicine and supplies to the remote coastal town.

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