8 terrorist men Killed In Joint Somali And Foreign Forces Raid In Somalia

A Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter jet flies during a display at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia, March 3, 2017. AAP/Tracey Nearmy/via REUTERS

fighter jets fired several missiles at small villages located in Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia on Wednesday night, residents said.

The air raid was followed by a ground offensive by foreign forces, along with Somali national army soldiers who swept into the locations targeting Al-Shabaab hideouts.

Heavy gunfire exchanging between the allied troops and militants was heard after the undercover attack on Bariire area, where a US soldier was killed last year during operation.

One of the missiles fired by the warplanes was reported to have struck a mosque in the locality. At least 8 residents lost their lives in the attack by Somali and the foreign forces.

The scene has been the flashpoint of clashes and airstrikes in the past few years.

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