US air strikes kill 3 mil­i­tants in So­ma­lia

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

NAIROBI: The US mil­i­tary said on Wed­nes­day it had killed three mil­i­tants in an air strike tar­get­ing the Al-shabaab group in So­ma­lia the pre­vi­ous day.

The mil­i­tary’s Africa Com­mand (Africom) said the strike was car­ried out near So­mali lo­ca­tions it iden­tiied as Quy Cad and De­batscile, an area it said it also struck last week.

“We cur­rently assess this air strike did not in­jure or kill any civil­ians,” Africom said in a state­ment.

The United States car­ries out pe­ri­odic air strikes in So­ma­lia in sup­port of a Un-backed gov­ern­ment there, which has been ight­ing against an Al-shabaab in­sur­gency for years.

Re­cently, seven civil­ians were killed and ive were wounded in So­ma­lia on Mon­day when a car bomb det­o­nated at a busy mar­ket in the cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu, po­lice and wit­nesses said.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred af­ter se­cu­rity forces stopped a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle at the mar­ket in the south of the city.

“The sus­pected driver was stopped by the se­cu­rity forces and was be­ing ques­tioned when the ve­hi­cle went off,” said po­lice ofi­cer Mo­hamed Has­san.

“Ac­cord­ing to the ini­tial in­for­ma­tion we ob­tained, seven peo­ple died in the blast and ive oth­ers were wounded,” he said.

“The sus­pect is now in po­lice cus­tody.” Wit­nesses said the ex­plo­sion wrecked part of the Kawo Godey mar­ket in the city’s Wada­jir district.

“The area was densely pop­u­lated,” said Ab­du­lahi Malim. “It was hor­ri­ble and most of the build­ings in the area had been de­stroyed.”

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