US airstrike kills Al Shabab leader
The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has reportedly killed a leader of the terrorist group Al Shabab during an airstrike on the town of Jilib, about 370 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu the Somalian capital. The strike was carried out on October 1.
In a press notice released Monday, AFRICOM said it carried out the air strike in conjunction with the Somali Federal Government.
The command’s initial assessment is that the strike killed an al-Shabaab leader and that no civilians were injured or killed.
“U.S. Africa Command takes great measures to prevent civilian casualties. Protecting innocent civilians remains a vital part of the command’s operations to promote a more secure and stable Africa.” The statement read.
“Al-Shabaab is the largest and most kinetically active al-Qaeda network in the world and has proved both its will and capability to attack U.S. forces and threaten U.S. security interests. U.S. Africa Command, alongside its partners, continues to take action to prevent this malicious terrorist group from planning and conducting attacks on civilians.” AFRICOM stated.
AFRICOM further added that Somalia remains key to the security environment in East Africa and that U.S. Africa Command’s forces will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to give them the tools that they need to degrade al-Shabaab.
Specific details of the units in involved in the strike operation and the assets used were not disclosed due to operational security and it assured stakeholders that it will continue to assess the result of the operation and provide additional information.
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