The US carried out an attack in Somalia on Friday that killed six al-Shabaab militants, the US Africa Command said in a statement.
According to the command or AFRICOM, the strike was in “self-defence” and was carried out at the request of the Somali government. According to an initial assessment, no civilians were killed or injured, AFRICOM said.
It was the third such strike in 10 days and it took place in the same area of Somalia near the town of Cadale, some 150 miles northeast of the capital Mogadishu.
The first was on December 14, and AFRICOM said seven al-Shabaab militants were killed. The second attack came three days later and killed eight al-Shabaab militants.
“Al-Shabaab is the largest and deadliest al-Qaeda network in the world and has demonstrated both its will and ability to target Somali, East African and American civilians,” AFRICOM said in the statement.
The US has consistently supported the Somali government since President Joe Biden approved a Pentagon request in May to move US troops to the area to counter the terrorist group. The approval to send fewer than 500 troops was a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from the country in 2020.