Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Security forces kill 81 terrorists in Somalia

Security forces kill 81 terrorists in Somalia

The US has confirmed executing several air strikes killing "several militants" yesterday, a press release by the US Africa Command said.

AFRICOM said in a statement the attack was carried out by USA forces, with the support of Somali National Army (SNA) at Gaduud area, about 250Km miles southwest of Mogadishu at around 4:30 p.m.

Mogadishu: At least 81 terrorists belonging to the al-Shabaab were killed by the security forces in Jilib province of Somalia.

US forces carried out the operation in coordination with Somalia's federal government, according to a press release from the United States Africa Command. Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against Al-Shabaab, with Washington seeking to step up efforts against the militants.

The Somalia-based al-Shabab has been blamed for the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 350 people in the country's worst-ever attack. Previously, the USA military had only been able to launch airstrikes against al-Shabab fighters in self-defense situations when African Union or Somali government troops accompanied by American advisers were under attack.

The operation comes one week after USA forces conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia.

Last Friday, United States forces carried out airstrikes against an Islamic State-affiliated Shabab splinter group, operating in the central Somali region of Puntland. Numerous fighters split off from al-Shabab.

The AU this week announced the beginning of its withdrawal from the long-chaotic and still heavily fractured nation, saying it will cut 1,000 troops by the end of the year.

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