Residents: Warplanes strike Somali Islamist bases

November 23, 2011 20:52

MOGADISHU - Unidentified fighter jets bombed three Islamist militant bases in Somalia on Wednesday, residents and soldiers said, as neighboring Kenya continued its assault on the rebels.

Kenyan troops entered Somalia six weeks ago vowing to wipe out the al Shabaab group, who it accuses of being behind a wave of kidnappings and attacks on tourists in Kenya.

Its air force has launched a series of strikes on what it says are rebel targets.

"Jets bombed three al Shabaab bases around the town of Badade today," local elder, Hilowle Ali, told Reuters. "We were all shocked and ran away. The town is now deserted."

A Somalia government soldier confirmed the raids and said there had also been strikes on Monday. He did not confirm that they were carried out by the Kenyan air force.

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