Warplanes bomb rebel-held town in south of Somalia

Aircraft thought to belong to Kenya’s military launched airstrikes against Al Shabaab militants’ bases in southern Somalia’s Elwak town, causing an unconfirmed number of casualties, a military officer and residents said.

The fighter jets bombed Wargadudo and Modale villages, believed to be Al Shabaab hideouts, said a military officer, who asked to be anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

He told The Messenger Africa that Kenyan air force jets had on Monday night hit two villages under Al Shabaab control in Elwak town.

“I believe that several of the militants were killed and injured in the bombing because militants’ bases were targeted,” he said.

It could not be independently verified the exact number of casualties that were caused by the strikes

Sadak Mohamed Warsameh, a local resident, told The Messenger Africa that loud explosions rocked parts of Elwak town, adding none of his family slept until Tuesday morning over the bombings.

“I awoke when I heard huge sound of explosions. I could not know what was happening last night,” Warsameh added.

Kenyan warplanes often carry out such airstrikes on areas believed to be Al Shabaab hideouts. Neither Kenya nor Al Shabaab have commented on the bombing in the south of Somalia.

By Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare