MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least 310 Al Shabaab fighters were killed and dozens injured when a suspected US drone carried out airstrikes in the south of Somalia.
Somali intelligence says the strikes targeted two Al Shabaab training camps in Jilib and Bu’alle towns where the group was recruiting 543 militant cadets.
Five top militant commanders from Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Germany fighting alongside Al Shabaab were among those who were killed in the latest air raids, according to country’s intelligence.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The strikes come a day after the US military killed an Al Shabaab fighter in a drone strike carried out in the south of Somalia.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.
With reporting Ahmed Wehliye Gaashaan from Mogadishu, Somalia