US airstrike in Somalia


The US military killed three 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 it carried out the strike on April 5 near Jilib, south-west of Mogadishu.
“In co-ordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Forces conducted an air strike against Al-Shabaab militants near Jilib killing three terrorists and destroying a vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun,” it said in a statement.

Washington expanded its operations in the Horn of Africa country after President Donald Trump eased combat rules last year.

Since withdrawing from Mogadishu in 2011, al Shabaab lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns. But it retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital.

On Friday, a soldier was killed by a militant who attacked a checkpoint in Mogadishu. A car bomb in the same place injured two other soldiers.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.