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US airstrike kills 3 militants in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia - US Africa command on Friday said that 3 militants, who engaged Somali National Army partner forces on patrol near Bacaw, Somalia, were killed in an airstrike on January 3, US Africa command said in a statement.

Jan 3rd 2020 · 1 min read
US airstrike kills 3 militants in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia - US Africa command on Friday said that 3 militants, who engaged Somali National Army partner forces on patrol near Bacaw, Somalia, were killed in an airstrike on January 3, US Africa command said in a statement.

"Somali security forces continue to lead operations alongside African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces to increase security and seize ground from the al-Qaida-aligned al-Shabaab.” The Statement said. "At this time, it is assessed this precision airstrike killed three (3) militants.”

"Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike.” The press statement added.

The statement further said that the overarching goal in Somalia for AFRICOM is to help the Federal Government of Somalia provide a safe and secure environment for the people of Somalia, deter organizations such as al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia from expanding, and promote regional security as well as cooperation to strengthen the ability of African militaries to work together. The U.S., by virtue of our capabilities, influence, and credibility, is uniquely postured to support Somali efforts, including to help coordinate other international partner engagement.”

The state run radio Mogadishu said on Friday that a strike in Baloow Eylo; Lower Shabelle, targeted Al-Shabaab while assembling explosives inside a vehicle destined for a major city. 30 militants were killed in the attack conducted by Danab, an elite unit of the army.  It was not immediately if the airstrikes were different or the same.

Somali militants on Saturday staged a daedly truck bomb attack in Somalia’s capital killing nearly 100 people.  On Thursday, the Al-Shabab, ALqaeda affiliate to Somalia, also claimed a Kenyan bus attack in Lamu region, killing four Kenyans.

last updated: 2020-01-04@00:01