JOHANNESBURG – The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters, FOX NEWS reports.
The U.S. Africa Command said Friday’s airstrike occurred near the community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country.
The statement says no U.S. service members were on the ground during the operation and that according to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike.
Security agencies at the Kenya-Somalia border are on high alert after intelligence indicated that Al Shabaab militants could be planning a major attack. Agencies operating in the border area have been put on standby due to reports that the terrorists were gathering in El-Ade area.
In the past two weeks, the militants had been converging close to the Kenyan border, which is believed to be the reason for the U.S. airstrikes.
At least 16 people have been killed and 50 others wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a restaurant and a hotel in the town of Baidoa in Somalia, according to U.S. Intelligence Agency.
A man wearing an explosive device walked into Beder restaurant on Friday and blew himself up, killing multiple people and wounding others, police officer Mahad Mohamed told the DPA news agency on Saturday.
Armed group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baidoa on Andalus, a pro-al-Shabab radio station.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda.
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