US strike kills 2 militants in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – US military says it has carried out a drone strike targeting al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, killing two fighters in southern region of Somalia.
The strike was executed near Kunya Barow town, leaving two militants dead, said in a statement released by US Africom command.
The command said no civilian was killed or injured in the bombing.
The US military has surged its air strikes against al Shabaab and Islamic State groups in Somalia.
Meanwhile, Somali armed group al Shabaab carried out deadly attack on army base in Adalle town, triggering fierce clash between the militants and government forces, witnesses said.
The group’s fighters stormed into Haji Ali area of the town where at least seven people – 3 soldiers and 4 militants were killed, according to local residents.
But, Somali military says it has killed 15 fighters and wounded 25 others during the skirmish.
It also confirmed four military soldiers lost their lives in the combat.
There was no immediate comment from Al Shabaab over the claims.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally- backed government in Somalia.