U.S. bomber spotted off Somali coast

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A security officer is seen at the scene of a large explosion near a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, 28 December 2019. A source at a hospital said that the death toll has risen to at least 76 in what is believed to have been a car bombing. The explosion rocked an area near the junction called Ex-Control Afgoye, in a southwestern suburb of the capital Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME
A security officer is seen at the scene of a large explosion near a check point in Mogadishu, Somalia, 28 December 2019. A source at a hospital said that the death toll has risen to at least 76 in what is believed to have been a car bombing. The explosion rocked an area near the junction called Ex-Control Afgoye, in a southwestern suburb of the capital Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

There was panic and confusion in southern Somalia port town of Kismayo on Saturday after residents spotted unknown military aircraft flying low in the Horn of African nation.

Kismayo residents could not establish the intention of the unarmed fighter aircraft since it made rounds while flying in low level across the town heading to the sea line.

However, the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) which oversees American troops on the African continent later confirmed that it was its B-52 bomber which was on a training mission in East Africa.

“In concert with partners, A B-52 training mission occurred in East Africa. This long-range, unarmed training mission showcases the global reach and agility of U.S. forces,” Africom said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“It also reflects our versatility and continued commitment to our partners,” it said after the residents photographed the aircraft at around 2.30 pm in Kismayo.

The latest move by the U.S. comes barely a week after Africom commander Stephen Townsend visited Kenya and Somalia to shore up the fight against the militant group in the region. Enditem

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