Helicopter opens fire on Somali militants

An unidentified military helicopter fired two rockets at an al-Shabaab meeting Sunday.
According to an article in the Guardian, Shabaab is Somalia's most dangerous militant group and they have been fighting pro-government groups for the last month.
The Associated Press in Mogadishu wrote that "the country hasn't had a functioning government since 1991 and the militants hope to overthrow the transitional government and install their brand of Islam across the country."
The New York Times reported that it was not a U.S. aircraft that fired on Shabaab. A Shabaab official told the NYT that the rocket had narrowly missed several important officials. Shabaab is known for ruthlessly "stoning adulterers and chopping off hands" The group controls much of Somalia and has grown "increasingly close to Al Qaeda in recent months."

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