USA strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

Residents walk past the scene of an October bomb blast in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Mohamed Abdiwahab AFP

This was the latest in series of aerial bombardments by US military in the Horn of Africa Country in the past few months after President Trump giving AFRICOM a broader authorization to target Al Qaeda-linked and Pro-ISIL Extremist groups.

Military officials told VOA that Tuesday's strike hit an al-Shabab training camp in the country's Bay region, about 200 kilometers northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

There are now 500 USA military personnel stationed in Somalia, supporting and conducting American-led counterterrorism operations in the country, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said earlier this month.

U.S. forces on Tuesday conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp, killing more than 100 militants, U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement.

A USA defense official said that the strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, CNN reported. "US forces subsequently conducted the strike under collective self-defense authorities", command officials said regarding the November 3 strike.

Al-Shabab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab denied the attack. But it retains a strong presence in parts of the south and center and carries out gun and bomb attacks.

"Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the USA and our partners in the region".

Earlier this month, the US warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital. He declined to comment on the exact number of al-Shabab fighters based in the country, or whether other terror groups like Islamic State were gaining a foothold in the Horn of Africa.

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