KISMAYO – US warplanes launched a new wave of attacks on Al Shabaab targets near Kismayo town, about 528 km southwest of Mogadishu.
Tuesday’s strikes hit militants’ bases in Golashumbi area, which lies about 50km west of the town, according to Vice president of Jubaland State, Mohamud Sayid Aden.
He says the jets targeted bases manned by Al Shabaab, adding that Somali troops backed by US forces had been involved in the operation.
“US warplanes struck Al Shabaab targets. We are aware of the operation. We also know that the bombing caused civilian casualties,” he said.
Aden did not mention if any of the armed fighters were killed in the strikes.
Two helicopters also bombed villages near town earlier on Tuesday, killing four members of same family and injured others, an elder Kasim Hussein said.
Hussein told The Messenger Africa that the strikes happened in two areas close to the town, adding that the victims were taken in to hospitals in Kismayo.
“We heard huge explosions, when we got out our home; we have seen bodies of 4 people of the same family. Seven others were also injured in the bombing. I don’t know why the jets hit these villages,” he said.
Last week, US Africa Command, (AFRICOM) confirmed that several Al Shabaab fighters were killed when US and Somali forces attacked militants’ bases in Kunya-Barow area in south of Somalia.
Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare