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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Somalia: Insurgents Claim to be "Repulsive" to Warships

Reported as AFP: Somali Islamists fire on foreign warships:
Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents said Tuesday they had fired on two foreign warships that came in close to the key rebel port of Kismayo, the first such reported incident as they face growing military pressure.

"The mujahedeen fighters opened fire and repulsed two military ships that approached the coast of Kismayo, they were coming close to the coast when they were attacked," said Sheikh Hassan Yaqub, a top Shebab official in Kismayo.

USS St. Paul (CA-73) comes under shore fire in a long ago war
"They have sped away from the coastal areas after the shooting and they are not there anymore," Yaqub added, saying the vessels returned fire before heading away.

"Those war vessels also returned fire," he said, adding that a boy had been wounded in a neighbourhood close to the shore, but that no other casualties had been reported.
"There was heavy fire aimed at military ships that came close to Kismayo port, the Shebab fired artillery and anti-aircraft guns at them, but we don't know if there were casualties," said eyewitness Mohamed Isak.
As noted in the article, the Shebab has other issues to worry about.

In the meantime, my dog claims to have "repulsed" attacks on the home front by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, the city trash pickup crew and several neighbors out walking their own dogs.

As far as I know, he did not use anti-aircraft guns.

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