Ethiopians, Americans pursue terrorists in
The official in Kenya, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the media, said U.S. special operations forces were focused solely on tracking down the suspected terrorists and not members of the Somali Islamic movement that had challenged the country’s government for power.
A day earlier, Abdirizak Hassan, the Somali president’s chief of staff, said a
“The three high-value targets are still of intense interest to us,” the official said. “What we’re doing is still ongoing, we’re still in pursuit, us and the Ethiopians.”
The official also contradicted numerous statements by Somali government officials in recent days, saying the
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Most of the Islamic militiamen have since dispersed, but a few hardcore members have fled to
The U.S. Navy has moved additional forces into waters off the Somali coast, where they have monitored maritime traffic and interrogated crews on suspicious ships in international waters.
Earlier this week, police at the Kenyan coastal border town of Kiunga arrested the wives and children of two of the embassy bombing suspects after they managed to slip across the frontier, according to an internal police report seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Somali and Ethiopian forces skirmished with Islamic militiamen in the far south of
One resident in the area, Mosa Aden Hersi, said there were numerous militant and civilian casualties in the fighting. “We saw the dead bodies of 17 men in military uniform under a small hill, but we do not know their identity,” he said by two-way radio.
The remote, forested area has few residents and high-frequency radio is the only reliable form of communications.
The Ethiopian Information Ministry said its military had also launched helicopter and troop attacks around the town of
A Somali human rights group said Thursday that thousands of Somalis fleeing the fighting were now stranded on the Kenyan border, which has been closed.
”Thousands are in a bad condition and they do not have food and water. They are stranded at the border after
The Red Cross said more than 850 wounded people, both civilians and soldiers, have been treated at medical facilities since fighting began last month.
Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor and Pauline Jelinek in Washington; Salad Duhul and Mohamed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu, Somalia; and Nasteex Dahir Farah in Kismayo, Somalia, contributed to this report.