US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say


A United States military air strike against the al-Shabab group in Somalia has killed about 60 fighters, one of its deadliest in almost a year, U.S. military officials said.

The Command, however, confirmed no civilians were injured or killed in the strike.

The airstrike was launched in coordination with the Somalian government Friday near the Harardere community in Mudug province in central Somalia.

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The US military has conducted more than two dozen air strikes, including drone strikes, in Somalia this year, the Associated Press news agency reports.

No civilian casualties have been reported in the latest airstrike which officials say hit only the intended target in a rural area. The statement gave no further details about what was targeted, and a U.S. military spokesman said it was not a camp.

"This precision airstrike was the largest airstrike against al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017, when USA forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab camp killing approximately 100 terrorists", the statement said.

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The day marked the one-year anniversary of what has been dubbed Somalia's 9/11, when truck bombers slaughtered 587 people in Mogadishu.

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In 2017, the military carried out 35 airstrikes in Somalia - 31 against al-Shabab fighters and four against Islamic State militants, according to Roggio.

Some observers have questioned the effectiveness of air strikes by the U.S. and Kenya and raised concerns about civilians being killed.

Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired on Friday by two unmanned USA drones.

Ten days earlier, militants struck Somalia and United States forces in Mubarak, in central Somalia, killing one Somali soldier.

At least two attacks involved U.S. aircraft.