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Last Updated Mon, Jan, 08 2007,13:30 am--Mogadishu Somalia
Ethiopian fighter jets bomb southern Somalia

Aweys Osman Yusuf
Mogadishu 08, Jan.07 ( Sh.M.Network)
- Ethiopian fighter jets have reportedly air bombed the town of Afmadow in Lower Jubba region, southern Somalia.

Reports from Afmadow and Dhobley near the Kenyan border indicate that Ethiopian warplanes bombarded targets of Islamist suspects in the area. Remnants of Islamist fighters are still believed to linger in ahideous jungle in the district of Afmadow.

Damages of the explosions remain unclear.

Shabelle reporter Qorane in Dhobley said several contingents of government soldiers were brought in Dhobley for securing the town that lies closer to the Kenyan border.

The government said it seized a jungle base where Islamists hid in southern Somalia. The government also declared that Islamists were cornered and that large number Islamist fighters gave up themselves.

A government committee that was appointed on Sunday for the restoration of security in Lower Jubba province has convened with tribal elders on Monday. Qorane said, “The committee intends to embark up on security operations in the region”.
The committee was appointed by Somalia’s defense minister Barre Hirale in a decree he issued yesterday.

The news comes as Somalia’s president Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed has arrived in Mogadishu Monday afternoon.

He was well received by senior government officials, including Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi.

The president was accommodated at Somalia’s presidential palace, Villa Somalia.


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