US drone strike hits Al Shabaab in Somalia
The US military has carried out a drone strike against Al Shabaab in Middle Juba region of southren Somalia.
The strike was conducted on Tuesday near Jilib town, killing an Al Shabaab fighter, said, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command.
He says the air raid was executed in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia.
“This strike is an example of the successful incursions our Somali partners are making into al-Shabaab territory,” he said.
William Gayler says “we remain resolute to maintain pressure on al-Shabaab’s network and levels of leadership while countering violent extremist intentions and actions.”
He added the individual targeted had direct ties to the al-Qaeda terror organization.
He also assured that no civilian was killed or injured in the bombing.
U.S. Africa Command says it 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.