U.S. kills al-Shabaab militants in airstrikes

US military has killed at least four al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia barely a day after a deadly bomb killed over people in Mogadishu.

In a statement, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said its drones on Sunday conducted three bombardments in two locations in Somalia.

The planes hit two al-Shabaab bases in Kunya-Barow and Aliyow-Barow villages in Lower Shabelle region.
According to the statement, the drones fired three missiles on the bases, leading the death of four militants.

“These precision airstrikes targeted Al-Shabaab militants responsible for terrorist acts against innocent Somali citizens and coordinating with Al-Qaeda,” AFRICOM said. “The US and the federal government of Somalia will continue to increase pressure on the terrorist organization in order to deny them the ability to plot terrorist attacks.”

The move came on the heel of a deadly suicide bomb in Mogadishu which claimed the lives of over 70 people and injured over 100.

The deadliest attack in the country’s history was a truck bombing in October 2017 in Mogadishu which left 512 people dead and around 295 injured.

No one has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack .

The US strikes in Somalia surged after President Donald Trump declared the south of the country an “area of active hostilities.”

The rate of airstrikes has risen sharply this year, and in an April statement, AFRICOM said it had killed more than 800 people in 110 strikes in Somalia since April 2017.


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