US claims killing Al Shabab fighter in Somalia

US Africom Commander Thomas D. Waldhauser

MOGADISHU – The US has claimed killing an Al Shabaab fighter in a drone strike near Barawe town, some 270 km south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The US Africa Command (Africom) spokesman Anthony Falvo confirmed Thursday’s airstrike had been carried out, adding that it killed an Al Shabaab member near the town.

“We are in no doubt that an Al Shabaab extremist was killed in a US drone strike carried out near the town of Barawe,” Falvo said.

He says he does not have the identity of the Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab member killed.

US and Somali special forces, backed by drone attacks, have waged a series of operations against the Al Shabaab this year, leaving several militants dead in south of Somalia.

There was no response from the Somali-based group of Al Shabaab.

Thursday’s airstrike comes a day after at least 3 Al Shabaab fighters were killed in the Bay region, about 75km west of the capital, Mogadishu.


Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia.