Al-Shabab rally in Somalia where the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government is being proped up by the western-funded AMISOM military forces composed largely of Ugandan and Burundian troops., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Kenyan airstrikes kill seven Somali kids
Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:18PM GMT
Kenyan airstrikes have claimed the lives of at least seven children in southern Somalia, as violence continues to intensify in the African nation, Press TV reports.
The attack took place on Sunday in the town of Jilib, located south of the strategic port city of Kismayo, killing seven children of former government administrator Abdullahi Maalim.
Local witnesses say several others have also been injured in the incident.
The Kenyan military claims to have killed hundreds of Somali fighters, but eyewitnesses say civilians are the victims of the airstrikes.
In October, Kenya dispatched soldiers over its border into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab fighters, which it accuses of being behind the kidnapping of several foreigners in Kenyan territory. Al-Shabab has denied any such involvement.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.