Deadly strike hits Al Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suspected US drone strike hit Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab, a day after U.S. Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) arrived in Somali capital Mogadishu.

The strike was carried out last night in Godirlei area, some 10km Harardhere town, where US strikes were killed six Al Shabaab fighters on November 21, 2018.

The air raid struck a camp held by Al Shabaab, killing several militants, including senior officials, according to Radio Risala based in Mogadishu.

It is unclear who carried out the strike.

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

Last week, US military carried out 5 consecutive strikes against Al Shabaab in central Somalia, killing at least 50 Al Qaeda linked group’s fighters.

Al Shabaab group has been driven out of many urban areas since 2011 following joint military offensives carried out by African Union forces and Somali National Army forces.

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.