Al-Shabab members killed in US airstrike

Al-Shabab members killed in US airstrike
In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (AP)
Updated 30 December 2017

Al-Shabab members killed in US airstrike

Al-Shabab members killed in US airstrike

MOGADISHU: The US military said a new airstrike in Somalia has killed four members of the Al-Shabab extremist group and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives near the capital.
The statement from the US Africa Command said the airstrike on Wednesday evening about 25 km west of Mogadishu prevented the bomb from being used against residents of the capital.
Al-Shabab was blamed for the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed 512 people.
The US has carried out 35 drone strikes in Somalia this year against Al-Shabab and Daesh-linked terrorists.
The Trump administration early this year approved expanded military operations in the Horn of Africa nation. The new US statement said they assess that no civilians were killed in the strike.