MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. military says it has killed 26 Al Shabaab fighters in drone strike carried out in Hiran region of central Somalia.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Hadfield, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of intelligence says the strike on February 28 was conducted in coordination with Somalia’s continued efforts to weaken al-Shabaab
Hadfield says the air raid is demonstrative of the Federal Government of Somalia’s commitment to dismantling al-Shabaab’s network with U.S. assistance,.
“Precision airstrikes such as this one maintain pressure on al-Shabaab and disrupt its planning cycle and degrade its ability to mass forces and coordinate attacks against the Somali people”, he stated.
Hadfield says it assessed the airstrike killed 26 terrorists.
He added no civilians were injured or killed in the bombing.
The U.S. military in Africa pledged work with Somalia and African Union mission (AMISOM) in fighting against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.