The US Africa Command ( Africom ) declared Saturday that its special forces had discarded 3 terrorists on Friday in an airstrike against the Islamic State group in northern Somalia.
Africom, which regulates US troops on the African continent, revealed the latest hit was accomplished in cooperation with the Somali administration in the Golis Mountains.
“This airstrike removed ISIS-Somalia members in a far location in Northern Somalia,” stated Gregg Olson, Africom director of operations. “Removing these extremists influences ISIS-Somalia’s power to terrorize innocent Somalis in the location and it produces confusion within the terrorist community.”
Friday’s assault was the second precision airstrike carried out by the US armed forces against ISIS-Somalia this month. The first airstrike took place on April 14, killing the second in command of ISIS-Somalia, Abdulhakim Dhuqub.
Africom claimed that no civilian was harmed or killed in the Friday airstrike.
US strikes have so far primarily targeted al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab terrorist group in southern Somalia, in which it maintains a strong grip on certain areas.
The African Union Mission in Somalia ( AMISOM ) has refused reports that Al Shebab group has taken over the newly liberated village of Sabid (south), stating that the village is still governed by allied forces.
Africom said it will continue to work with its associates to pass on the responsibility for long-term protection in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States. In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces will use almost all effective and appropriate solutions to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM, and Somali National Military forces.