Airstrike in Somalia’s Gedo region; skirmish near Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — Unidentified warplanes launched an air strike on suspected Al-Shabaab positions outside Garbaharey town in Somalia’s Gedo region.

Deputy governor of Gedo region, Osman Nur Haji said that at least six rebel fighters were killed by the bombing in Kedis area, which lies about 25 km from the town.

Haji claimed that a senior commander identified as Abdullahi Saney was among those killed, adding that two of the militants’ vehicles were also destroyed in Saturday’s strikes in Kedis.

“Unknown fighter jets targeted Al Shabaab militants and killed six of them, including a commander in Kedis neighborhood. They (militants) had a meeting when jets hit their base,” Haji added.

It remains unclear who carried out the airstrike. There was immediate response from Al Shabaab over the bombing which struck their territory in Kedis.

Separately, two government soldiers were killed and another one wounded on Sunday night in an ambush by Al Shabaab rebels outside Mogadishu, according to local sources.

The militants’ assault targeted a group of military soldiers stationed in Lafole neighborhood outside the capital city of Mogadishu, said a resident who asked to be anonymous.

“I heard heavy exchanges of gunfire on Sunday night when armed fighters attacked government troops,” he told The Messenger Africa.

Somali military officer Abdi Hanish confirmed that at least two government soldiers and two militants had been killed and another one was injured in the surprise attack.

“We (soldiers) were assailed by Al Shabaab fighters armed with AK-47s, RPGs and machine guns but we repulsed them and killed two militants and others escaped with injuries,” Hanish added.

Since losing control of Mogadishu, the militant group has waged hit-and-run attacks against the Somali army and allied African Union troops.