May 22, 2024

U.S. airstrike kills six al-Shabaab fighters 248 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu

Marine Corps Lieutenant General Michael E. Langley
Marine Corps Lieutenant General Michael E. Langley

The U.S. Africa Command has killed six al-Shabaab fighters in an airstrike near Cadale, 248 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, Somalia.

“The command’s initial assessment is the strike killed six al-Shabaab terrorists and that no civilians were injured or killed,” AFRICOM said in a statement, adding that the self-defense strike Dec. 23 was conducted in support of Somali National Army engagements against al-Shabaab.

“Al-Shabaab is the largest and most deadly al-Qaeda network in the world and has proven both its will and capability to attack Somali, East African, and American civilians. U.S. kinetic actions against al-Shabaab in Somalia are conducted in support of the Federal Government of Somalia’s ongoing campaign to disrupt terrorist operations in their country,” added AFRICOM.

It added, “The Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command takes great measures to prevent civilian casualties. Protecting civilians remains a vital part of the command’s operations to promote greater security for all Africans.

“Somalia remains key to the stability and security in all of East Africa. U.S. Africa Command’s forces will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to give them the tools that they need to defeat al-Shabaab.

“U.S. Africa Command will continue to assess the results of these operations and will provide additional information as appropriate. Specific details about the units involved and assets used will not be released in order to ensure operations security.”

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