Blast heard near Somali rebel stronghold, residents say

November 13, 2011 21:45

MOGADISHU - A large explosion was heard on Sunday near the Somali town of Afgoye, an al Shabaab insurgent stronghold 30 km (19 miles) from the capital Mogadishu, residents and a senior rebel official said.

Afgoye is on a list of 10 Somali towns the Kenyan military said risked air strikes in its campaign against the insurgents. It is a strategic junction on the road leading from the capital to the south of the Horn of Africa nation.

Kenya's military spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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