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US Navy Ships Fire on Northern Somalia Village


Officials in Somalia say U.S. naval warships have bombarded a remote coastal village where suspected Islamist insurgents had set up a base.

The attack happened Friday night when a Navy destroyer opened fire around the village of Bargal, located in northern Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Officials say the extremists arrived in Bargal earlier this week, then fought with troops from the region.

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesman would not confirm or deny the report. He would only say the United States remains committed to reducing terrorist capabilities when it finds them.

CNN International reported Friday that the ships fired on a suspected al-Qaida operative suspected of being involved in the simultaneous bomb attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The U.S. carried out airstrikes earlier this year in southern Somalia targeting suspected al-Qaida operatives.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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