Witness: Kenya air raid kills at least 7 Somalis

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 8:09 AM
Witness: Kenya air raid kills at least 7 Somalis

A witness says that a Kenyan air force raid killed at least seven people, including a child, in a village in southern Somalia.

Town elder Ali Hashi said Wednesday that he saw the bodies in a clinic following a bombing raid in Hosingow. He says one jet appeared to target a base used by al-Shabab insurgents and another bomb hit elsewhere in the village on Tuesday.

A Kenyan army spokesman confirmed that two air raids had been carried out but says no civilians were killed. Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir says 17 al-Shabab fighters were killed.

Kenya has conducted numerous air raids in southern Somalia in the past three months. Kenya sent troops over the border into Somalia two months ago following a string of attacks by Somali gunmen on Kenyan soil.