U.S. army says it kills 3 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

AFRICOM in the Sahel
AFRICOM in the Sahel

The U.S. military said on Thursday night that it conducted a collective self-defense airstrike in southern Somalia on Wednesday, killing three al-Shabab militants.

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement that the air raid which was conducted in support of the Somali government, occurred in Malayle, Lower Juba region, adding that no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike.

It said the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) were conducting a presence patrol in the region in order to maintain pressure on the al-Shabab network but during the mission, militants engaged the SNSF patrol with small arms fire.

“U.S. service members were not present on the ground during the operation,” said AFRICOM, noting that the Somali-led mission was designed to increase security along the Lower Juba River Valley.

According to the statement, Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces have made significant gains degrading al-Shabab influence in the region.

The al-Qaida-linked terrorist group which is fighting to overthrow the country’s government regularly stages attacks against the Somali military and against troops from AMISOM. Enditem

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