Six al Shabaab fighters killed by US air strikes in Somalia


The US military said it carried out air strikes in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed six militants.

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.

The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement it carried out three air strikes on Wednesday.
“The operation occurred in southern Somalia, south of Mogadishu,” the statement said.

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.