[Debate] Black Hawk or the Phoenix Outsourced - Blast follows Kenyan air raid in Somalia
Riaz K Tayob
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Fri Nov 25 06:01:56 GMT 2011
[While famine stalks the land, American interest reign supreme... are
political solutions not possible as alternatives to this violence`?]
Blast follows Kenyan air raid in Somalia
One soldier dead and four others injured as bomb hits army vehicle,
shortly after attacks on al-Shabab bases.
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2011 21:25
Children have been among those injured during recent attacks in Kenya's
northern town of Garissa [Reuters]
Kenya says its fighter jets have destroyed two suspected al-Shabab bases
in neighbouring Somalia, but a bomb back on home soil has killed a
soldier and wounded four others.
The exchanges came six weeks after Kenya sent troops and tanks into
Somalia to fight the anti-government Islamist group, accused of a series
of attacks in Kenya including the abduction of four foreign women.
"KDF (Kenya Defence Force) air strikes successfully destroyed two
al-Shabaab camps," Major Emmanuel Chirchir, the Kenyan army spokesman,
said on Thursday, a day after the attacks near Badade, about 30km from
the Kenyan border.
However, just inside Kenya, a bomb exploded under a military vehicle on
patrol on Thursday.
“Five KDF soldiers were seriously injured and have been airlifted to
Garissa for treatment," he said. One later "succumbed to his injuries,"
Attackers opened fire on the soldiers after the blast, which happened
near the Kenyan border town of Mandera, according to a senior police
officer speaking on condition of anonymity.
Kenyan officials have blamed al-Shabaab or their sympathisers for a
spate of recent shootings and bombings, although armed bandits also
operate in the border areas.
The group faces growing pressure as regional armies slowly encircle
them, with Kenyan forces in the south, Ugandan and Burundian African
Union forces in Mogadishu and Ethiopian troops in the west.
The conflict, however, comes at a cost for civilians caught up in the
The UN said on Thursday that Ethiopia's reported deployment of troops
into Somalia could worsen what is already the world's most severe
"Local sources report that hundreds of Ethiopian troops entered Somalia
on November 20 opening a new front against al-Shabaab," the UN Office
for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report.
"The humanitarian community is deeply concerned about the consequences
that this intervention could have on the already fragile humanitarian
situation due to access to the population.
"The intensification of the conflict in Somalia threatens to increase
It is for the first time the UN has warned of the potentially dangerous
consequences of Ethiopia's move.
Nearly 250,000 people in south and central Somalia face imminent
starvation, the UN report said, despite massive international efforts to
get emergency aid out to critically affected regions of the war-torn
Witnesses told the AFP news agency on November 19 that convoys of
lorries and hundreds of Ethiopian troops crossed into south and central
Somalia. Ethiopia has denied the reports.
Ethiopia pulled out its soldiers from Somalia in 2009 after a two-year
invasion that defeated the Islamist rulers, but their military wing,
al-Shabaab, regrouped and has waged a bloody war against a provisional
government backed by the UN.
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