The US conducts new airstrike in Somalia
The US command in Africa has conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab on Sunday at Jilib town of the Middle Jubba region, Somalia. This strike was targeted to an Al-Shabaab operative in the town.
AFRICOM said in a statement that one terrorist was killed and there were no civilian casualties. “Initial assessment concluded the airstrike killed one (1) terrorist. We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike,” the statement read.
Director operations of U.S. Africa Command Maj. Gen. William Gayler said that the continuous airstrike is putting pressure on Al-Shabaab and that prevents them to build a safe haven in order to plan new terrorist attacks in Somalia.
“Removal of even one terrorist makes the region and the U.S. safer” he added.
This is the fourth airstrike in Somalia conducted by the Africom and these concurrent attacks apparently reduced the ability Al-Shabaab can carry more attacks.
Supporting the Federal Government of Somalia, the US pledged that it will continue counter-terrorism operations and training of Somali elite forces to also increase ground attacks.