At least 15 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia airstrike

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Deadly air raid targeting Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab has killed at least 15 fighters in south of Somalia.

The air strike hit a house in Hargeisa Yarei area, where nearly 30 Al Shabaab group’s senior officials were meeting, according to Sonna News Agency.

The Agency quoting sources, said that fighters jets carried out an airstrike against Al Shabaab in Middle Juba region, leaving 15 militants dead.

It is unclear who carried out the latest strike on Sunday in south of Somalia.

There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.

Last week, US military carried out 5 strike against Al Qaeda inspired group’s fighters in central Somalia, killing at least 50 militants.

US military involvement in Somalia has grown since President Donald Trump early in his term approved expanded operations against al-Shabab. Dozens of drone attacks followed.

Late last year, the military also carried out its first air raid against a small presence of fighters linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Somalia.

The US currently has about 500 military personnel in the Horn of Africa nation.

Al-Shabab was pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in recent years but continues to control rural areas in the south and central regions.

The al-Qaeda-linked group is fighting to overthrow the UN-backed government and has been carrying our bomb and gun attacks for more than a decade.