The U.S. military released a statement saying it had conducted an airstrike in Somalia targeting the al-Shabab network,
Reports say that the drone strike targeted al-Shabab’s chief of intelligence.
The Pentagon says the strike took place in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia and the military is still assessing the outcome of the operation.
Pentagon officials further said that they do not believe there are any civilian or bystander casualties. There is also, however, still no confirmation that the chief of intelligence was killed in the strike.
Last week, al-Shabab’s former chief of intelligence, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader with a $3 million bounty on his head was captured by Somali security forces near Kenyan border.
Al-Shabab’s top leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a U.S. airstrike on September this year.