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An air strike hit a village south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and a local official said the attack targeted Islamist al Shabaab militants fighting to topple the country’s central government.
It was not immediately clear who had carried out the air strike but the United States frequently conducts such attacks to bolster Somalia’s army in its fight against al Shabaab.
A local government official told Reuters the strike occurred in Ilimey village, about 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Mogadishu. The area is mostly controlled by al Shabaab.
The strike hit a makeshift tea shop and thus killed 7 civilians and injured three others”
The target, he said, was a car used by the militants to transport supplies to a squad preparing bombs.
The strike hit the car … but we do not know details of casualties,” Ali Nur, deputy governor of Somalia’s lower Shabelle region told Reuters.
Somalia has been trapped in chaos and lawlessness since 1991 when dictator Siad Barre was toppled.
Al Shabaab wants to topple the Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.