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Kenyan Navy Shelled Somali Port Kismayu

Kenyan Navy Shelled Somali Port Kismayu 31.05.2012
Text: news.bcm.ru
Photo: Kenyan Navy ship. nation.co.ke
Kenyan Navy shelled Somali port town of Kismayo, reports News.bcm referring to www.garoweonline.com. Kenya's military spokesman Cyrus Oguna specified that his forces shelled the town when militants of Al-Shabaab opened fire at Kenyan warships patrolling Somali coast.

That was the first bombardment of Kismayo by the Kenyans whose naval ships regularly patrol Somali coast. Local eyewitnesses in Kismayo say that a Kenyan warship opened gunfire early morning of May 29, and shells wounded several residents including a boy and his mother.

Analysts supposed that Kismayo port being the major source of income for Al-Shabaab islamists would be the key target of Kenyan forces entered Somalia in Oct 2011.

However, the Kenyans have made minor progress inland Somalia through the recent 7 months. It is unclear whether that bombardment is a part of Kenya's strategy to attack the port town. Ethiopia declared earlier in May it was ready to assist Kenya and Somali regular army to seize Kismayo.

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