Al Shabaab fighter killed in second US/Somali air strike in a week


The US military said on Friday it executed an air strike in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed a militant, the second such strike this week in which  four fighters died in total.

The group, al Shabaab, is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country.

In a statement, the US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said it carried out the air strike on Thursday .
“The operation occurred near Baraawe, about 270km south-west of Mogadishu,” the statement said. It did not say whether the dead fighter was a senior al Shabaab member or a low ranking militant.

On Tuesday US forces also carried out an air strike in Bay region, about 75 km west of Mogadishu, killing three members of al Shabaab.

Al Shabaab has lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns since it was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011. But it retains a strong presence in parts of the south and centre and carries out gun and bomb attacks.