U.S. strike kills 8 Al Shabaab fighters in Somalia

An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and F-16 Fighting Falcon after a mission in Iraq (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Shannon Collins)

MOGADISHU — The U.S. military has carried out an airstrike against Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White says the operation was conducted in an area about 150 miles southwest of Mogadishu, killing at least 8 militants.

“This operation was carried out in coordination with our regional partners as a direct response to Al Shabaab actions including recent attacks in Somali forces,” White said.

The airstrike was conducted under an expanded authority given to US forces to conduct more airstrikes in Somalia by US President Donald Trump in March 2017, according to the Pentagon.

“We remain committed to working with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabab, and help achieve stability and security throughout the region,” White added.

The announcement by the US comes after the Somali president said that his special force struck and destroyed a militants’ training camp and a key command and supply hub near Sakow town in south of Somalia.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare