Deadly strike hits Al Shabaab camp in Somalia
MOGADISHU – A suspected US drone strike carried out an air strike against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab training camp in near Harardhere town in central Somalia.
Five missiles struck an Al Shabaab camp in Adaley, a remote village in the central Somalia’s Mudug region, according to a resident, who asked to be anonymous.
He says scores of militant group’s trainees were killed and injured in the airstrike late on Monday.
Somali military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strike hit Al Shababaab targets, adding that an assessment was underway to see how many militants had been killed.
It remains unclear who carried out the latest strike in Somalia.
Neither Somali authorities nor Al Shabaab has commented on the strike so far.
Last month, the US military said that an October 12 US “precision airstrike” near Harardhere, Somalia killed some 60 al Qaeda-affiliated fighters.
US military carried out such strike against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab and Islamic State groups in the war-ravaged nation in support with the government of Somalia.
The strike targeted the militants associated with the group al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s largest affiliate.
The US military carried out 28 strikes in this year, most of them were targeted the deadliest militant group Al Shabaab in Africa.
The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group has been driven out of many urban areas since 2011.
However, the group still controls territory in rural areas and carries out gun attacks and bombings on military and civilian targets in the war-ravaged nation.
A 22,000-strong African Union force is in the country to help the government in fighting against the al-Qaeda-linked militants.