QANDALA, Somalia Aug 24 2012 (Garowe Online) – Air strikes
reportedly from international forces deployed off the coast of Somalia targeted a mountainous area near town of Qandala, Garowe Online reports.
According to sources in Qandala the strikes hit Thursday
afternoon as international forces which had been patrolling the coast of Qandala for
It is unclear as of yet if the strikes were from a naval
ship or warplanes that had taken off from the naval ship as attempts to reach US
naval bases stationed in Somali waters failed.
However, residents in Qandala town say that the strikes were from
planes which had been doing surveillance on the coastal town for days. The air strikes targeted a hilly area away from civilian centers and there were no confirmed reports of any casualties.
Sources close to Puntland government say that the area
which the international naval ships targeted were areas of specific interest. But Puntland officials refused to speak on record as they were not authorized to speak to media.
Last month, Yemeni Al Qaeda operative and two other Al
Shabaab agents smuggled in explosives but were caught by Puntland security forces aided by local communities.
Puntland officials say Al Shabaab agents based in Galgala mountains area west of Bossaso are trying to set up new area of operations in mountains east of Bossaso.
Puntland government has administered Somalia's northeastern regions since 1998 with its own tax system, security forces and policies, thereby bringing relative stability to a vast region of Somalia.