The Daily Star (Lebanon)

U.S. strike in Somalia kills four Al-Shabab fighters


JOHANNESBU­RG: The U.S. military said Monday it conducted an airstrike Sunday that killed four AlShabab extremists after “partner forces came under small arms fire.” The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike was carried out near the community of Araara in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says no U.S. service members were on the ground during the Somali-led operation and that according to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike. The U.S. military has carried out more than two-dozen airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year against the Al-Qaedalinke­d Al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamist extremist group in subSaharan Africa. Somalia Sunday marked the first anniversar­y of AlShabab’s deadliest attack, a truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed well over 500 people. To coincide with the anniversar­y, a military court announced early Sunday morning a member of the team involved in the attack, had been executed. Hassan Adan Isak, was sentenced to death for “driving one of the vehicles used in the blast,” a statement from the court read.

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