US airstrike kills three in Somalia
In co-ordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the US Department of Defence conducted a precision airstrike in central Somalia against Al Shabaab militants on Tuesday at killing three terrorists, the US State Department said on Wednesday.
The operation occurred in the Bay Region of Somalia, about 75 kilometres west of the capital, Mogadishu.
The US conducted the operation in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Army (SNA) forces that were operating in the area.
Al Shabaab has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and is dedicated to providing a safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and its partners in the region.
“US forces will continue to use all authorised and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world,” the press release concluded.
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