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Somalia: US Strike Kills 150 Al-Shabaab Militants


In its latest air strike, the US has scored big against Somalian militants.  According to Pentagon,  more than 150 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia were killed on Saturday, .

The US troops targeted the Raso Camp, a training amenity located about 120 miles (195km) north of the capital, Mogadishu. Armed with both drones and manned aircraft, the US soldiers left them no chance to easily escape their camp.

“We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and [African Union] forces,” Captain Jeff Davis said in a report by BBC.

“Initial assessments are that more than 150 terrorist fighters were eliminated,”

Davis said US has been monitoring the the camp for the past weeks. They have reports that the militants were about to move from the training facility to conduct fierce onslaughts against a peacemaking force, African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amisom.

“The fighters who were scheduled to depart the camp posed an imminent threat to U.S. and African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) forces in Somalia,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said on Monday.

However, it has not been confirmed whether the attack claimed al-shabaab militants, but the attack reduced the probability that they would be conducting any operation, said Davis.

The revelation of attack came two days after US officials assessed the site and confirmed the camp was destroyed, according to Pentagon officials, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Abdisalam Aato, a Somali government spokesman, said that Somali national army’s ground forces also collaborated with US in the airstrike. The Somali government welcomed the move by the US for keeping a close eye on Al-Shabaab.

US has carried out several counter-terror initiatives in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and other countries in the last decade.

While Al-Shabaab has paced up its terror-operations in recent months. On 15th January, the group attacked a Kenyan base in el-Ade, which claimed more than 180 soldiers.

On 21st January, it attacked a restaurant at Mogadishu’s Lido beach killing 20 people. On 26th February, it attacked Mogadishu’s SYL hotel and death blew out nine people.

Then on the 28th of February, , the militants stormed a restaurant in Baidoa and a busy junction, killing 30 people.

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