US Military Kills al-Qaeda-Linked Terrorist in Somalia Airstrike

An American airstrike on Thursday killed at least one terrorist of the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group in Somalia, officials said.

A checkpoint set up by the organization in Hantiwadaag was also destroyed in the strike.

“Al-Shabaab are using checkpoints to threaten, extort, and restrict the movement of innocent people in Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle region,” U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, the director of operations for Africa Command, known as AFRICOM, said in a statement in confirming the airstrike. “Al-Shabaabs actions continue to impede much needed economic development and progress.”

AFRICOM said there were no civilian casualties caused in the incident. Its not clear if a drone was used to conduct the strike, as is often the case in the region.

The agency said it partnered with the Somali government to conduct the strike.

“Together and at the request of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command works to improve security conditions in Somalia in order to enhance governance and economic development. U.S. partnership with Somalia also helps prevent al-Shabaabs ambitions to expand their reach, plot attacks, and further export violence,” the military wrote.

In May, a U.S. military strike killed two members of al-Shabaab. Before that, in February, an al-Shabaab compound near Dujuuma was destroyed by AFRICOM, while wounding three terrorists and injuring no civilians.

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Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organized by the Extremist group, Al-Shabaab, which is fighting the Somali government in Suqa Holaha neighborhood of Mogadishu, on July 5, 2010. (Abdurashid Abikar/AFP/Getty Images)

“U.S. support to African-led counter-terrorism operations is crucial in East Africa,” Gregory Hadfield, the U.S. Africa Commands deputy director of intelligence, said at the time. “China and Russia appear content to remain on the sidelines as our African partners, with U.S. support, fight extremism and pave the way to enhanced security and stability on the continent.”

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