Somalia, U.S. security forces kill 4 al-Shabab militants

AFRICOM in the Sahel
AFRICOM in the Sahel

Somali and U.S. security forces said they killed four al-Shabab militants when they conducted three airstrikes on Sunday in two locations in southern region.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) which oversees American troops on the African continent said the strikes which also destroyed two vehicles targeted the extremists in the vicinity of Qunyo Barrow and Caliyoow Barrow.

William Gayler, director of operations of Africom, said two militants were killed and two vehicles were destroyed in Qunyo Barrow while another airstrike killed two militants in Caliyoow Barrow.

“Since al-Shabab’s first external attack in 2010, the group has ruthlessly killed hundreds. They have attacked and killed African partners, allies, and fellow Americans,” said Gayler in a statement released on Monday.

The latest strike came after the militant group killed at least 84 people and injured more than 150 others in a car bombing attack at a busy security checkpoint in Mogadishu.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the Saturday’s attack although al-Shabab usually stages such attacks.

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

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