JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The US military today killed 24 Al-Shabab extremists who were one of the deadliest in Somalia.
The prosecution took place Wednesday near an extremist camp near Shebeeley in the central Hiran area north of the capital Mogadishu.
It was the ninth such aviation mood that the US did this year. The United States carried out nearly 50 strikes in the Horn of Africa last year against Al-Shayab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.
Al-Shabab said an attack on a hotel complex in the capital of neighboring Kenya began this month, killing 21 people. An extremist group targeting Kenya in retaliation for sending troops to Somalia also focused on hotels, government offices, and Mogadishu control stations with suicide bombers.
The group is also accused of stealing humanitarian aid in a country often affected by drought and extortion of residents and passengers in financing attacks.
The US statement states that the raids are designed to support Somali forces because they increase the pressure on al-Shabab and its recruitment efforts in the region, especially in southern and central Somalia. Extreme camps and other safe havens are targeted.
The US statement stated that no civilians were killed or injured in the last air strike.
On January 19, the United States said the airstrike killed 52 al-Shabab extremists in central Juba after a "big group" had attacked the Somali forces. A Somali intelligence officer said an extremist group had assembled more than 400 fighters for more than a week to launch a massive attack on Somali and Kenyan forces to disrupt the planned offensive.
In October, the US said that about 40 fighters died in the Mudug district in the central part of the country, near the al-Shabab-managed Harardere community in the province of Mudug.
The United States has dramatically intensified the air strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office. Experts said they would prevent extremists from killing more than air attacks.
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