US strike in Somalia killed 60 jihadists
60 fighters of the al-Shabaab terrorist movement have been killed in an air strike in Somalia, says the USAF command representative. That happened at Friday in the neighborhood of Harardhere, in the center of the country.
Harardhere is located about 20 kilometers from the coast and was formerly known as a base for Somali pirates. They would have fled when al-Shabaab took possession of the place in 2010.
No civilian casualties have occurred in the attack, says the USAF command. It was probably the deadliest air strike in Somalia in almost a year. In November 2018 about one hundred fighters were exterminated in US air raid.
This year, the Americans carried out more than twenty air strikes in Somalia, including unmanned drone strikes .
Al-Shabaab is associated with al-Qaida and intends to make Somalia an Islamic state, where sharia is strictly applied. Around 2010 the group owned a large part of the country, including the capital Mogadishu. In 2011, the African Union sent a troop of 15,000 soldiers who were able to reduce the territory controlled by the Islamic fighters.
Since then, al-Shabaab has been the cause of terrorist attacks. Last Sunday the attack of 14 October 2017 was commemorated, with almost 600 deaths. That was the deadliest attack in African history.