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Somalia: Gunmen shot at Kenyan helicopter
Wed. January 03, 2007 01:57 pm.

 

Mohamed Abdi Farah

(SomaliNet) Unknown gunmen but thought to be Somali Islamists fired shots at a Kenyan security helicopter patrolling near the border with Somalia on Wednesday, report says.

The helicopter was flying over the southeastern Kenyan border town of Hulugho. The report did not say if the aircraft was damaged but said gunmen fired smalls arms from the region of Ras Kamboni, the base for the fleeing Islamists.

In recent days, Kenya has beefed up patrols along its 675-kilometer (400-mile) border with Somalia since troops of Somalia's transitional government, backed by Ethiopian forces, routed Islamic militiamen who had controlled most of southern Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu.

Kenya sent extra troops and tanks to its border with Somalia on Wednesday to keep out Islamic militants fleeing the Somali government and Ethiopian forces.

On Tuesday, four Ethiopian helicopters apparently mistook a Kenyan border post at Harehare for the Somali town of Dhobley and fired rockets at several small buildings, a security officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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