US drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 'several'

US drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 'several'

US drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 'several'

AFRICOM said in a statement the attack was carried out by US forces, with the support of Somali National Army (SNA) at Gaduud area, about 250Km miles southwest of Mogadishu at around 4:30 p.m. It came a day after another strike in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of Mogadishu.

Mogadishu: At least 81 terrorists belonging to the al-Shabaab were killed by the security forces in Jilib province of Somalia.

Information Minister Abdurahman Omar Osman said the early Saturday operations, which were carried out by Somali and worldwide partners, targeted a factory house and militants mobilizing to attack Gedo region. The Trump administration earlier this year approved expanded military operations against extremists in the Horn of Africa nation.

Earlier this month the US military carried out its first airstrikes in Somalia against ISIS, which is a small but growing presence in the northern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. says the latest airstrike, like others, occurred in cooperation with Somalia's government.

Al Shabab has been blamed for carrying out the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history last month, though there was no official claim of responsibility.

Al Shabaab has joined Al Qaeda in 2012, and invited foreign jihadists in Somalia to fight against the UN-backed Federal government protected by African Union forces (AMISOM).

Following the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu which killed over 400 people mostly civilians, the government declared war against al-Shabaab fighters who control large swath of remote areas in South and central Somalia.

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