US kills ‘several militants’ in Somali raid
The United States military announced it killed several militants in an airstrike against Al-shabaab fighters in Somalia.
The attack took place early Thursday in the Bay region in the centre of the country, about 160 kilometres west of Mogadishu.
“The strike was carried out in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia,” the US Africa Command said in a statement.
“Al-shabaab has pledged allegiance to Al-qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world.”
Al-shabaab was blamed for the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed 358 people, and an attack on a hotel on October 29 that left 27 dead.
On Saturday the US mission to Somalia urged all non-essential staff to leave capital Mogadishu immediately “following a specific threat against them”.
That was one day after the US Africa Command launched drone strikes that targeted an Islamic State base in the country’s northeast.
The Horn of African country has not had peace since the overthrow of longtime despot Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991, with various clans competing for power. (AFP)