Mogadishu(SONNA)-The Federal Government of Somalia, in partnership with the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of near Hawal barbar, Somalia.
This precision airstrike killed three (5) al-Shabaab terrorists and reduced one (1) compound The FGS and the US AFRICOM take significant measures to prevent civilian casualties in the fight against the al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist puppet al-Shabaab and investigate each reported allegation thoroughly. At this time, no civilians are assessed to have been killed or injured in the attack.
The United States AFRICOM forces, in support of the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States, will continue to use all effective and appropriate methods to help provide safety for the Somali people, including partnered military forces such as AMISOM and Somali Security Forces. This strategic airstrike is in support of the FGS efforts to rid Somalia of the atrocities of al-Shabaab and provide a better future for the Somali people to create security conditions to enhance governance and economic development.
Al-Shabaab’s ideology and messages of fear and actions continue to hinder economic growth, social and religious prosperity. Recently, al-Shabaab attacked a convoy carrying materials for a mosque in Awdhegle. This cowardly attack further demonstrates al-Shabaab un-Islamic behavior against the people.
The Federal Government of Somalia, the SNA, Danab, and its United States partners are committed to fighting al-Shabaab terrorists in order to prevent the deaths of innocent civilians that include men, women, and children in Somalia and its neighboring countries. The efforts we take to protect and safeguard civilians dramatically contrast to the indiscriminate attacks that the cowards al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian populace of Somalia.