US strike kills 18 militants after US troops come under fire in Somalia
MOGADISHU– The United States military carried out deadly airstrike in Somalia, killing at least 18 Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants.
The airstrike was conducted on Friday in Janaa Abdalla area, some 50km northwest of Kismayo town after the coalition forces came under attack , according to statement by U.S. Africa Command.
The statement said Somali forces killed two other militants during clash.
There was no immediate comments from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The United States has carried out more than 20 airstrikes against al Shabab in Somalia in 2018.
The U.S. military partners with the African Union Mission to Somalia, or AMISOM, during combined counter-terrorism operations against al Shabab training camps and terrorist leadership.
The African Union has a combined contribution of roughly 22,000 personnel in Somalia.
In early June, one U.S. soldier was killed and four more were wounded during an attack by al Shabab militants that consisted of small-arms fire and mortars near Kismayo, a town some 500km south of Somali capital Mogadishu.