US strike kills 2 Al Shabaab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. military says it has carried out drone strike targeting al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in the south of Somali capital Mogadishu.
The strike was conducted on May 22, 2019, near Baled Amin town, some 43km south of Mogadishu, said RDML Heidi K. Berg, director of intelligence, U.S. Africa Command.
Berga says two militants had been killed in the air strike, adding that that Al-Shabaab has previously used the rural areas surrounding Baled Amin as a staging area for deadly attacks.
“We continue to work closely with the Somali government and security forces to target terrorists whose tactics place innocent people at risk,” said Berg.
He says no civilian was killed or injured in the bombing.
The U.S. military believes such strikes could support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somali people from terrorism.
Washington says its forces will continue to work with Somalia in fighting against al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
The attack comes a day after the U.S. military claimed to have killed two Islamic State fighters in a drone strike carried out in the north of Somalia.