JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. navy says it has carried out six airstrikes within the Gandarshe space of Somalia which killed a complete of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels.
In an announcement issued Monday, the U.S. navy’s Africa Command mentioned it carried out 4 strikes on Dec. 15 through which 34 folks had been killed and two extra on Dec. 16 which killed 28. All of the air assaults had been within the Gandarshe coastal space south of the capital, Mogadishu, it mentioned.
No civilians had been injured or killed within the assaults, it mentioned.
All six strikes had been carried out in shut coordination with Somalia’s authorities, it mentioned. The airstrikes had been “performed to stop al-Shabab from utilizing distant areas as a protected haven to plot, direct, encourage, and recruit for future assaults,” it mentioned.
Al-Shabab makes use of components of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct extremist assaults, steal humanitarian help, extort the native populace to fund its operations, and shelter radicals, mentioned the assertion.
With these assaults, the U.S. navy has carried out not less than 46 airstrikes thus far this yr towards al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida and Africa’s most energetic Islamic extremist group. Al Shabab controls components of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to stage lethal assaults in Mogadishu and different cities.
The U.S. airstrikes have picked up dramatically since President Donald Trump took workplace and permitted expanded navy operations within the Horn of Africa nation. Airstrikes additionally goal a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group.