Abdirahman Dinari, a
Dinari told AFP: "We know that a
"The target was a small village called Badel where the terrorists were hiding. And the gunship did hit on the exact target."
Dinari said there were casualities from the raids.
"Absolutely a lot of people were killed. So many dead people were lying in the area, but we do not know who is who, but the raid was a success," Dinari said.
Ali Jama, the information minister, said the attacks hit more than one target.
"The information we have is that a few other places were hit near the Kenyan borders during the
"Many people were killed and I think the terrorists were eliminated."
CBS television network said the targets included the senior al-Qaada leader in East Africa and an al-Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in
Air Force AC-130 gunships are heavily armed aircraft with elaborate sensors that can go after discreet targets - day or night. They are operated by the special operations command and have been used heavily against the Taliban in
US navy vessels have been deployed off the coast of
The alleged mastermind of the 1998
The 1998 bombings of the