Residents of the Somali coastal town of Merca say a military helicopter flew over their town and fired on the town after militants fired at the aircraft.
At least seven al-Shabaab leaders were gathered in a house, which was hit by the mysterious air-strike, but none was reported harmed since the missiles fired narrowly missed them. The helicopter, painted gray or olive green, flew off when al-Shabaab fighters opened fire on it, witnesses reported.
But U.S. military officials and a spokesman for the European Naval Force say their helicopter wasn't involved in Sunday's incident.
But no one seems to know who the helicopter belongs to.
U.S. military officials based in Germany, who represent conventional and special operations forces in Africa said Monday it wasn't one of their helicopters. A spokesman for the EU Naval Force, which runs an anti-piracy operation off Somalia's coast, said the same for the European forces in the area.
But many, including Merca resident Abdullahi Qalirow confirmed the incident.
Since the military and naval forces became extra-tight-lipped, the war over Somalia becomes more and more unjust.
- mardi 28 septembre 2010