US says new strikes killed 4 Al Shabaab in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – United States military says it has carried out self defense strikes against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in south of Somali capital Mogadishu

The US army says four Al Shabaab fighters were killed in two strikes conducted in Baghdad area near Afgoye town, some 30km south of Mogadishu.

In a statement by US Africom commando said the strikes were carried out after US, Somali forces came under ambush attack by Al Shabaab.

The Africom says no civilian were killed or injured in the air raid.

“We currently assess the airstrikes killed four (4) militants”, the Africom said.

The US military has carried out this year 3rd strike against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in Somalia.

The US says its military personnel 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 US says 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.

However, the U.S. Africa Command says it will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from African Union troops in fighting against Al Shabaab.