Four killed as US, Somali forces come under Al Shabab
MOGADISHU, Somalia – US military says it has carried out airstrike against Al Shabaab in north of Somali capital Mogadishu, killing four militants.
In a statement by US Africom commando said it has conducted a collective self-defense airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Basra near Bal’ad town, some 30km north of Mogadishu.
The U.S. airstrike was conducted against militants after partner forces came under attack.
“We currently assess this airstrike killed four (4) militants with no civilians involved”, the command said.
The commando said “alongside our Somali and international partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia”.
The group uses portions of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace to fund its operations, and shelter radical terrorists, according to the statement.
The desired end state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations cannot destabilize Somalia and its neighboring states, nor threaten the interests of the U.S. and its international allies in the region.
U.S. Africa Command says it will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States, and U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect the Somali people, including partnered military counter-terror operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM and Somali National Army forces.