US strike kills al Shabaab fighter in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The US military says it has carried out a drone strike targeting al Shabaab, killing a fighter near Qunyo Barrow town in the southwest of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
The strike was conducted on Tuesday in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, said in a statement released by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command.
Gayler says an al Shabaab fighter was killed in the bombing.
“This strike is an example of the pressure U.S. Africa Command places on terrorist networks, including the al-Qaida aligned al-Shabaab,” he said.
“The persistent pressure limits the terrorists’ freedom of movement, creates confusion within the network, and supports our Somali partners as they continue to take the fight to al-Shabaab.”
Washington says U.S. will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.