The U.S. army said Tuesday its special forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, killing one militant.
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) which oversees American troops on the African continent said the latest strike was conducted on Monday in cooperation with the Somali government in the vicinity of Kunyo Barrow.
“This strike demonstrates that U.S. and Somali forces will continue to take every opportunity to counter and degrade the capacity of al-Shabab to plan and conduct attacks,” Chris Karns, Africom spokesman said in a statement.
Karns said continued pressure on al-Shabab impacts their ability to further export violence across Somalia and elsewhere.
Africom, which has been conducted counter-terrorism airstrikes in Somalia said no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the latest airstrike.
Meanwhile, Africom confirmed that one U.S. service member was injured on Monday after al-Shabab militants conducted a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack at Baledogle military airfield complex in Baledogle.
The U.S. army also clarified that its forces conducted one self-defense strike during the engagement with al-Shabab on Monday and not two as originally reported.
“Initial reporting published Sept. 30 regarding the al-Shabab attack on Baledogle Military Airfield stated there were no U.S. personnel injured. One U.S. service member was assessed and treated as part of standard concussion protocol,” it said.
Africom said it has conducted 54 airstrikes in 2019 against ISIS-Somalia and al-Shabab militants, fighting positions, infrastructure, and equipment.
The U.S. forces, in cooperation with Somalia government and African Union peacekeeping mission, are conducting operations against al-Shabab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaida affiliate’s ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America. Enditem