US kills ‘sev­eral mil­i­tants’ in So­mali raid

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - AFRICA NEWS - WASH­ING­TON, Fri­day

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)

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