US strike kills 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 US military has carried out a drone strike against an al-Shabab militants in Somalia on Tuesday in southwest of Somalia, killing at least 3 fighters.

The U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday’s strike happened in an area some 75 km west of Mogadishu, in support of forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia.

“The airstrike was conducted in southwest of Somalia against Al Shabaab militants on … Sept. 5 about 9:50 a.m. local Somalia time, killing three terrorists,” it said.

There was no immediate response from Al Shabaab over the US military claims.

Two dead in explosion near Mogadishu

In a separate incident, a roadside explosion targeting a Somali military vehicle has killed at least two government soldiers in Afgoye town, about 30 km south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The explosion hit the military convoy in the town, killing at least two soldiers on board, Faisa Mohamed, a tea-shop owner told The Messenger Africa.

“I saw bodies of two soldiers who were taken on board by their colleagues, shortly after the explosion. The blast also damaged my shop,” Mohamed said.

The bodies of the soldiers were taken to the capital, The Messeger Africa’s journalist, Abdirizak Mohamud reported from Mogadishu.

No group claimed the responsibility for the Wednesday’s explosion, but Al Shabaab carried out similar attacks in and out of the capital over the past months.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia