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Somalia|Foreign troops attack al-Shabaab Somalia stronghold

Posted by Ethio Tribune on October 9, 2013

Foreign troops have October 5, 2013 attacked an al-Shabaab stronghold in the Somalia town of Barawe about 200 km south of Mogadishu, reports indicate.

The unidentified foreign forces targeted a house situated close to the Indian Ocean coastline in the early hours of Saturday.

Residents said that they suspected the attackers to be forces from a western country with a planned mission against the targeted house.

Locals told the media that heavy fire started at around 3am and lasted for about half an hour, according to Mogadishu Radio, a state run broadcaster in the capital.

The attackers are said to have used speedboats and helicopters in the early morning operation.

“Senior officials of al-Shabaab (the radical Islamist group opposing the Somali government) are assumed to have been residing in the house,” said a resident who preferred anonymity for security reasons.

The exact identities of the occupants of the house could not be immediately established, though the coastal town of Barawe is an Al-Shabaab stronghold.

Residents of Barawe said that some of the invading forces descended on the roof of the house while others positioned themselves around the perimeter before retreating.

They also stated that navy ships fired salvos as the attackers were getting onto their speedboats. The fire reportedly landed on the beachside.

Further reports indicated that al-Shabaab guards in the house resisted the attack and responded to the attacks using automatic guns.

“This morning, Al-Shabaab trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns are moving around the town while neighbourhoods are searched,” a resident confirmed.

“It amounts to a show of power,” the resident added.

Although no statement regarding the incident has been forthcoming from any side, one of the al-Shabaab fighters reportedly died in the attack.

It was in the same southern Somalia town where US Navy Seals killed a most-wanted al-Qaeda operative four years ago.

In September 2009, US marines using helicopter gunships attacked a convoy of vehicles travelling around Barawe town.

They killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Somalia, Ali Salah Nabhan, and his escorts, taking with them Nabhan’s body.

In January this year, French commandos unsuccessfully tried to rescue a French citizen held hostage by al-Shabaab in Bulomareer, a village not far from Barawe town.

In the mission, the hostage and a French soldier died.

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