Somalia : US drones put 20 al-Shabaab down

U.S. airmen prepare a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone as it leaves on a mission. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The United States military said on Tuesday that it conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants in central Somalia on Monday, killing 20 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle.

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), which oversees American troops on the African continent, said in a statement the strike was conducted in cooperation with the Somali government near Shebeeley in Hiraan region, and targeted a training camp that was used as a staging area for attacks.

AFRICOM said the no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike.

The strike came one day after another airstrike killed 35 militants in central Somalia.

U.S. forces in Somalia, in collaboration with Somali and African Union forces, are carrying out strikes that have largely targeted al-Shabaab based in central and southern Somalia where the group still maintains a strong grip in some areas.

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