Five dead after Somali airstrikes


The US military killed five militants after launching an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied with al Qaeda.

The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said the strike was carried out on April 1 near El Bur in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Galmudug.
“We assess no civilians were killed in this air strike,” Africom said in a statement.

Al Shabaab was not immediately reachable for comment.

The United States ramped up operations in the Horn of Africa country since last year after President Donald Trump loosened the rules of engagement.

Since withdrawing from Mogadishu in 2011, insurgents lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns. They retain a strong presence in regions outside the capital.

On Sunday they battled with African Union troops for hours after exploding two car bombs outside a base, according to Somali police and military.