MOGADISHU, Somalia –U.S. military says it has conducted a collective self-defense airstrike in south Somalia, killing at least three militants.
The strike was carried out in the vicinity of Malayle, Lower Juba region in support of the government of Somalia’s continued efforts to degrade al-Shabaab.
Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) were conducting a presence patrol in the region in order to maintain pressure on the al-Shabaab network.
During the mission, militants engaged the Somali army forces patrol with small arms fire.
The Somali-led mission was designed to increase security along the Lower Juba River Valley. Somali and African Union Mission to Somalia
(AMISOM) forces have made significant gains degrading al-Shabaab influence in the region as part of a coordinated campaign designed to restore stability to the Somali people in Lower Juba.
U.S. service members were not present on the ground during the operation.
The SNSF and its partners will continue to effectively target the terrorist network in order to deny al-Shabaab the ability to build capacity and attack the people of Somalia.
“U.S. Africa Command currently assesses this airstrike killed three militants”.
U.S. military will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.