Africa
  World
  Islam
  Health
  Photos

World Islamic Prayer

Cimilada
VOA Somali
BBC Somali 14:00
BBC Somali 18:00
Deutsche Welle
BBC Radio
Voice of America
IRIN Radio
NPR Radio
Radio Netherland
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
Somalia
Kenya troops launch beach assault, air strikes on Somalia port of Kismayo

KISMAYO, Somalia Sep. 28, 2012 (Garowe Online) - Kenyan troops serving as part of the African Union's peacekeeping operation in Somalia, known as AMISOM, have stormed the rebel-held southern Somali port city of Kismayo in the early hours of Friday, Garowe Online reports.

Kenyan troops launched a massive beach assault around 3am local time, according to Kismayo residents. Kismayo, located 500km south of Mogadishu, is the last stronghold of Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab militant group fighting to overthrow Somalia's UN-backed federal government.

Heavy fighting ensued near the beach and entered into the city, according to local sources, "both forces are fighting inside the city."

Unconfirmed reports say Kenyan troops have seized the presidential compound and the Kismayo airport and are using it as a base of operations and pushing the Al Shabaab militants back inside the city.

Kenyan military officials have told media in Nairobi that Kenyan troops launched "an amphibious assault" on Kismayo beach.

Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab confirmed to reporters that there is "heavy fighting" going inside Kismayo.

Local residents reported Al Shabaab uses anti-aircraft guns and Kenyan warplanes have bombarded Al Shabaab militant targets inside Kismayo.

Kismayo, capital of Lower Jubba region, is a  strategic port that has served as a major base and source of revenue for Al Shabaab since the militants seized the city in August 2008.

Meanwhile, Somali local forces aided by Kenyan AMISOM ground troops are pushing towards Kismayo from three directions, according to military sources.

UN agencies have estimated that over 10,000 civilians have fled Kismayo since last week, fearing the growing fighting between the two sides.

GAROWE ONLINE
RELATED:
Somalia: Puntland Govt committed to’ implementing democracy’-says President
Somalia minimizes overseas embassies due to shortfall in budget
Somalia: Massive security operation launched in Mogadishu following killings


Advertisement
 

Somalia: Puntland President not adamant about domestic, external threats [Editorial]

EDITORS PICK:

Somalia: Puntland Govt committed to’ implementing democracy’-says President

GAROWE, Somalia July 28, 2014 (Garowe Online)

Somalia minimizes overseas embassies due to shortfall in budget

Somalia: Massive security operation launched in Mogadishu following killings

Somalia: Six killed in renewed fighting over regional influence

Somalia: President Hassan, PM host Iftar Dinner for Puntland delegation

Somalia: State Funeral held for popular musician, MP Saado

Somalia: MP murder sparks widespread condemnation

United States Condemns the Killing of Somali MP Saado Ali Warsame in Mogadishu

Somalia: Female MP gunned down in Mogadishu amid Ramadan rampage

Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

Somalia: Kenya warplanes target Al Shabaab hideouts again

Somalia: Federal Govt mediates between warring militias in Hiraan

Somalia: Puntland parliament passes controversial media bill

Somalia: Puntland President not adamant about domestic, external threats [Editorial]

About Us | Disclaimer | Copyright | Contact Us