Tuesday Oct 25, 201111:40 PM GMT
2 Kenyan fighter jets crash in Somalia
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:32PM
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Thousands are fleeing Afmadow as Kenyan forces close in on the town in southern Somalia.
Two Kenyan jet fighters have crashed after colliding over southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

The two fighter planes crashed between the towns of Kismayu and Qooqani, a Somali military officer told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu on Tuesday.

The jets were heading to the southern port city of Kismayu after targeting the positions of al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia, the officer added.

On Monday, a Kenyan jet bombed an al-Shabab base near the port in Kismayu, an al-Shabab stronghold.

Kenyan troops began an air and ground offensive against al-Shabab in southern Somalia last week after Nairobi accused the militants of being behind several kidnappings of foreigners carried out on its territory, including the abduction of a French woman who later died in captivity. However, the militant group has denied involvement in the incidents.

Kenyan troops are now preparing for a new operation, in which they will attempt to capture the key southern town of Afmadow, which is controlled by al-Shabab.

The Somali government has said it is "unacceptable" for Kenyan forces to be in Somalia without Mogadishu's approval.

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