By Noor Ali
GARISSA, Kenya – Kenyan soldiers and helicopters bolstered defenses at the Somali border on Wednesday to stop fighting from spilling over after Ethiopian warplanes attacked fleeing Islamists on the other side of the frontier.
A local police commander said a Kenyan helicopter had escaped undamaged after being shot at by Somali militia and an Ethiopian missile targeting Islamists strayed into Kenya late on Tuesday. …
Residents of Liboi, a Kenyan border post, said they saw Ethiopian war planes flying over the Somali town of Doble, 25 km (15 miles) away, late on Tuesday. They then heard shooting which tailed off after midnight.
“When we heard the gunshots we panicked, although we knew it could be these groups fighting across the border,” said Liboi businessman Abdi Rage.
“The security forces are many here and it is like we are also involved in this fight. Vehicles are moving up and down the border.
Thanks, George W Bush.
Iraq and Afghanistan are apparently not enough.
It had to be Ethiopia and Somalia as well.
And now, Kenya as well.
Just what Africa needs, “Dr” Bush! [Sarcasm off]
See also Jeff Weintraub’s blog.
Meanwhile, in Ethiopia itself: trade unionists tortured.
- The Ogaden Problem: Will an Old Insurgency Tip the Balance in East Africa? (world.time.com)
- Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of obstructing its efforts to rejoin IGAD (sudantribune.com)
- Time to send Somali refugees back home – Raila (capitalfm.co.ke)