Somalia: ‘Muslims Are Being Massacred’ – Mayor

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The mayor of a town in south Somalia which was the target of a U.S. air strike last week says that al Qaeda has never set foot in the town. Ali “Dheere” Hussein, the mayor of Dobley, told the BBC Somali Service that the U.S. bombing killed innocent civilians.

“The only thing I see here is innocent people being massacred,” Mayor Ali Dheere said, referring to a house hit by U.S. missiles on March 3. The mayor said that the Somali Transitional Federal Government did not contact Dobley officials, even to send condolences to the families of the deceased.

He said there is no hospital in Dobley town to treat the wounded civilians, so “we took them to the pharmacy since the [Kenya] border is closed.” Mayor Ali Dheere said the U.S. bombing was “wrong and intentional,” since the people of Dobley did not harm the U.S.

“I here about al Qaeda only from the U.S. government and the Somali President [Abdullahi Yusuf],” the Dobley mayor said. Asked about the intention of the U.S. bombing, Mayor Ali Dheere said, in his opinion, that “Muslims are being massacred.”…


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