At least three al-Shabaab fighters have been killed following Airstrike in southern Somalia.
In a statement, US AFRICOM said In coordination with Somali government, U.S. conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabaab terrorists in the vicinity of Bush Madina.
The airstrike took place on 2nd of April.
U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command said precision airstrikes like this protect innocent Somalis from a common enemy and assist the Federal Government of Somalia in alleviating security challenges.
“We’re enabling progress and creating opportunities for our partners to capitalize on. We’re seeing them do just that on the ground,” he said.
The statement reads ‘command’s initial assessment concluded this airstrike killed three (3) terrorists.’
“We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike,” AFRICOM said.
U.S. Africa Command said together with international partners, it recognizes that stability in Somalia will not be achieved through purely military means. It requires providing programs and opportunity for the Somalia people.
The mission said U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia and Somali National Army forces.
“Together with the partner and allied forces, U.S. Africa Command works on a daily basis to improve security conditions to enhance governance and economic development,” AFRICOM said.
U.S. Africa Command vowed that it will continue to work with its Somali partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.