US conducts air strike against al Shabaab


The United States military has carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, killing three.

US Africa Command said the air strike occurred on 5 May in the vicinity of Tortoroow, Somalia.

“Somali forces were leading an operation to disrupt the terrorist network in the area and to bolster local support for the Federal Government of Somalia.  The airstrike was conducted in collective self-defense of our Somali partners after they were engaged by al-Shabaab militants during this operation,” Africom said.

“This airstrike is an example of the niche capabilities we provide our Somali partners as they take the fight to al-Shabaab,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command director of operations.  “Our precision strike capabilities support our Somali partners as they continue to lead operations against the terrorist network.”