Fighters linked to al-Qaida among dead in Somalia attack


June 04, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Six foreign fighters tied to al-Qaida, including one carrying an American passport, were among the dead in Friday's U.S. missile strike in Somalia's northern Puntland region, Somali officials said yesterday.

The fighters are believed to be remnants of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union, a group of religious fundamentalists who were driven out of Mogadishu in December by Ethiopian and Somali troops.

Separately yesterday, a suicide car bomb exploded outside the home of Somalia's prime minister, killing at least seven people.

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