Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US airstrike in Somalia kills around 60 al-Shabab fighters

US airstrike in Somalia kills around 60 al-Shabab fighters

"We also now assess this airstrike did not injure or kill any civilians", said the command in a statement.

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It is noted that the Armed forces of the United States held this year, more than two dozen air strikes against "al-Qaeda" associated with "Al-shababa", the most deadly Islamic extremist group in the countries of Africa South of the Sahara. That is on pace to surpass last year's attacks against the group.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that the strike occurred on October 12 near Harardere, a town 250 miles north of Mogadishu.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to reporters.

This was the deadliest air strike since November 2017 when 100 militants were killed, the statement added.

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Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the worst extremist attack ever in Africa and one of the world's deadliest since 9/11, a truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.

The United States, which also has targeted a small number of fighters linked to Islamic State in northern Somalia, has increased its military presence in Somalia since early 2017 to about 500 personnel after Trump approved expanded military operations.

Some observers have questioned the effectiveness of air strikes by the U.S. and Kenya and raised concerns about civilians being killed.

The strike took place Friday in the Harardhere area along the central coast of the Horn of Africa country, where U.S. forces train Somali troops and also partner with the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). "The enemy attacked us with 34 explosions, but only one hit one of our convoys", Koshin said.

The strike came after a recent spate of attacks that Al-Shabab has conducted against Somali security forces and their USA advisers across the country.

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