'French' troops kill 2 Somalis in helicopter raid

Foreign troops believed to be French commandos in helicopters killed two people in an attack on a car in southern Somalia, local witnesses said.

'French' troops kill 2 Somalis in helicopter raid

Foreign troops believed to be French commandos in helicopters killed two people in an attack on a car in southern Somalia on Monday, local witnesses said.

Residents said the incident took place near Roobow village in Barawe District, some 250 km (155 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu. It was not immediately clear who had been killed.

"Soldiers in two helicopters attacked a car passing near the village, killing two people and taking away several others," local man Bashir Abdi told Reuters by telephone.

"The troops appeared to have French flags on the shoulders of their uniforms. We do not know who was killed yet."

French forces have launched commando raids in Somalia in the past to rescue French nationals held by al-Shabaab and pirates.

Last month, one of two French security advisers kidnapped by Somali oppostion group in July managed to escape from his captors and fled to the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Eylül 2009, 16:01
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