Airstrike wounds 3 militants in Somalia

AP , Friday 24 Jun 2011

Airstrikes strike Somalian convoy carrying militants wounding 3 militants, attackers unknown

A witness in Somalia says military aircraft attacked a convoy carrying Al-Qaida-linked militants, wounding three of them.

Mohamed Aden said Friday that the planes struck the convey as it drove along the coastline of the southern port city of Kismayo late Thursday. Aden said he saw three wounded militants.

An official with the Islamic rebel group Al-Shabab, Sheik Hassan Yaqub, confirmed the attack but declined to offer further details.

It is not immediately clear who was behind the strike, but U.S. aircraft have attacked militants in Somalia before.

A U.S. airstrike killed a senior al-Shabab leader in 2008, while a U.S. commando raid in 2009 killed the militant wanted for the 2002 car bombing of a Kenyan beach resort.

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