Suspected US Airstrike Targets Al-Shabab in Somalia

Suspected US Airstrike Targets Al-Shabab in Somalia

The government of Somalia said its forces, in coordination with a suspected U.S. airstrike, killed a number of al-Shabab militants.

The government said President Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo authorized a coordinated strike with international partners against militants in the Jilib area, in southern Somalia.

"Our security forces killed seven militants, including a senior al-Shabab leader responsible for multiple bombings in Mogadishu," said a statement from the Information Ministry released Thursday.

The statement did not name the senior leader killed in the operation, and the U.S. military has yet to comment on the reported attack.

Witnesses in Jilib told VOA's Somali Service on Thursday that the airstrike occurred overnight. They said they heard the sound of bombings.

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have killed many al-Shabab leaders over the past decade, including the group's former emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane.