Thursday, 06/30/2011 13:37 pm
An unmanned U.S. aircraft fired two senior commander of al-Shabaab fighters Somalia after they were found to have links with al-Qaeda, Washington Post (WP) reported, citing U.S. officials.The attack last week is believed to have wounded two prominent Shabaab leaders and amid the emergence of an increasing concern among U.S. officials about the growing relationship between Shabaab fighters and global terror network, the Washington Post reported.
“They (Shabaab fighters) have been increasingly bold in recent years, as a result, we have become more focused on activities to prevent them,” quotes an official said. “They are currently planning operations outside Somalia.”
WP says Somalia is now the sixth country in which the United States reported using a drone to kill suspected militants, after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.
WP quoted U.S. officials said the two commanders Shabaab have “direct links” with al-Awlaqi Anwar, a charismatic American-born preacher who is believed hiding in Yemen.
U.S. aircraft and special forces have carried out attacks in the past secrets in Somalia, but the incident last week became the first unmanned aircraft attack the U.S. in the country, says WP.
Last Thursday last week, residents reported a large explosion near Kismayo, southern port city controlled by the Shabab, followed by the sound of aircraft. An official Shabaab fighters in the area said his men reported an aerial bombing attack on the base Shabaab. ”Enemy military plane doing an aerial bombing at the headquarters of which there are several mujahedeen fighters stayed. Initial reports indicate the mujahideen fighters, including some of the Muhajir (foreign) died,” the official said, declining to be named.
”We believe the plane belonging to the U.S.,” he added. (FQ / AFP)