MOGADISHU – The US has claimed killing an Al Shabaab fighter in drone strike near Barawe town, some 270 km south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
The US Africa Command (Africom) spokesman Anthony Falvo said Thursday’s airstrike had been carried out, adding that it killed an Al Shabaab member near south of the town.
“We are in no doubt that an Al Shabaab extremist was killed in US drone strike carried out near the town of Barawe”, Falvo said.
He says he does not have the identity of the Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab member killed.
US and Somali special forces, backed by drone attacks, have waged a series of operations against the Al Shabaab this year, leaving several militants dead in south of Somalia.
There was response from the Somali-based group of Al Shabaab.
The Thursday’s airstrike comes a day after at least 3 Al Shabaab fighters were killed the Bay region, about 75km west of the capital, Mogadishu.
Reporting by Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare