US strikes al Shabaab militants in Somalia - Pentagon

Somali security forces patrol the scene of a suicide car bomb blast on August 30, 2016 in Mogadishu. (File photo: Reuters)

The US military carried out a strike in Somalia against the al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group on July 4, the US military said on Wednesday, the second attack on the group in the last few days.

The strike occurred about 480 km southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the Pentagon said. It did not disclose additional information such as the number of fighters killed.

On Monday, the US military said it carried out an air strike against al Shabaab on July 2.

“We will continue to assess the results of the operation and will provide additional information as appropriate,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.

“Specific details about the units involved and assets used will not be released in order to ensure operational security.”

Since being pushed out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, al Shabaab has lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns. But it retains a strong presence in swathes of the south and center and carries out major gun and bomb attacks.

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