US conducts two airstrikes, killing 15 militants in Somalia – US Africa Command

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (KUNA) — The US military conducted two airstrikes in the last 48 hours in Somalia that killed 15 militants, US Africa Command announced Friday.

US Africa Command said in a statement that “in support of the Federal Government of Somalia’s increased efforts to degrade al-Shabaab,” it conducted two airstrikes in separate engagements in the last 48 hours.

It indicated that the first airstrike occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shebelle Region on February 6, while the second airstrike was conducted in the vicinity of Bariire, Lower Shebelle Region on February 7.

The statement added that it is currently assessed that the February 6 airstrike killed 11 militants, whereas the February 7 airstrike killed four militants and that “at this time, it was assessed no civilians were injured or killed in either airstrike.” US Africa Command director of operations Gregg Olson stressed that the “Federal Government of Somalia is placing persistent pressure on al-Shabaab and its’ affiliates, working to create conditions for enhanced security and stability.” “They continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to degrading al-Shabaab,” he affirmed. (end) si.ibi

Source: Kuwait News Agency