Deadly strike hits Al Shabaab base in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suspected U.S. drone carried out an air strike in Al-Shabaab controlled Jilib district in Somalia’s southern middle Jubba region.
The strike hit a stronghold of al-Shabab, where a senior Al-Shabaab intelligence chief was believed to be killed, according to Harun Macruf, a VOA journalist based in Washington.
Macruf says the strike could be significant if it is confirmed the death of militants’ intelligence chief, whose name has not been released yet.
It is unclear, who carried out the latest air strike in Somalia.
The attack comes a day after US military claimed to have killed 3 Al Shabaab militants in drone strike carried out in north of Somalia.
Somalia’s Al Shabaab remain relatively undiminished, despite a 12-year UN-backed campaign against al Qaeda linked group.
Last week, the group said it would rump its attacks and assassinations in the capital of Mogadishu after a suicide attack killed 9 people in the Somali capital.
The al Qaeda linked group, which wants to topple the weak-western backed government based in Mogadishu, has been fighting more than ten years in Somalia.
Somalia has been without an effective for more than 20 years.