Somalia : US Military airstrike against al-Shabab kills two

Members of Somalia's Al Shabaab militant group parade. Photo : RR

Casablanca (ADV) – The U.S. military said on Wednesday that its special forces conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabab terrorists in southern Somalia, killing two terrorists.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) which oversees American troops on the African continent said the Tuesday strike was conducted in cooperation with Somali government about 46 kilometers northeast of the port town of Kismayo.

“We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike,” Africom said in a statement.

The strike is the latest in a series of similar missions by the U.S. forces in Somalia in collaboration with Somali and African Union forces in the Horn of Africa country.

The strikes have largely targeted al-Shabab figureheads and based in southern Somalia where the group still maintains a strong grip in some regions.

Africom said the U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats.

“This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counter terrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region,” it said.

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