US military says Somalia airstrike kills al-Shabab fighter

AP News
Posted: Sep 01, 2017 1:29 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military says it has conducted an airstrike in Somalia that killed an al-Shabab extremist and wounded another.

The statement Friday by the U.S. Africa Command says the strike was carried out Thursday near Barawe in southern Somalia.

The statement says al-Shabab "has cemented its control of southern and central Somalia" and used the area to "plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid and to shelter other radical terrorists."

The U.S. military has carried out several airstrikes against fighters with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group.

That includes more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.