MOGADISHU — Suspected US warplanes launched an airstrike on bases held by Al-Qaeda linked Al Shabaab rebels in southern Somalia on Tuesday.

The airstrike hit militants’ bases on Tuesday in Salini area in the Lower Shabelle region, causing an unconfirmed number of casualties, witness Ali Yusuf Ali said.

Ali told The Messenger that warplanes had fired several rockets at the militants’ base in area, adding that armed fighters had also responded to the attack with artillery.

“This attack becomes the second one as other warplanes hit three vehicles carrying Al Shabaab fighters last night that were travelling near N-60 village, about 60 km south of Mogadishu,” Ali said.

He says all vehicles had been destroyed in the strikes, adding that he believed that scores of militants were killed in the bombing.

Mohamed Isse, a military officer in the region, confirmed that warplanes targeted the militants but declined to comment on the casualties.

No word was available from Al Shabaab over the strikes on its bases in the south of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare

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