US airstrike kills only one Al Shabaab terrorist in Somalia


US-Africa Command and Somalia forces on Thursday killed an Al Shabaab terrorist and destroyed the militants’ check point in Hantiwadaag, Somalia.

In a statement, Africom said its assessment showed no civilian casualty.

“Al-Shabaab are using checkpoints to threaten, extort and restrict the movement of innocent people in Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle region,” US Marine Corps Maj Gen Bradford Gering, deputy director of operations, US. Africa Command, said.

“Al-Shabaab’s actions continue to impede much needed economic development and progress,” he added.

Gering, however, acknowledged that they (US Africa Command and international partners)  that stability in Somalia will not be achieved through purely military means.

“It requires providing programmes and opportunity for the Somali people,” he said.

He further noted that US Africa Command continues to work with its Somali partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia to the Federal Government of Somalia and its member states.

In 2016, US forces conducted 15 airstrikes in Somalia, 35 in 2017 and 47 airstrikes in 2018, killing between 326 and 338 people.

CIVILIANS KILLED

In April, US Africom admitted to causing civilian casualties as a result of an airstrike in February.

In a statement, Africom said that two civilians were killed and three injured during the attack, while killed two Al Shabaab militias were nutralised.

Amnesty International said the airstrike killed a banana farmer and an employee of a telecoms company.

In June, Human Rights Watch said two airstrikes in early 2020 killed seven civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war.

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