US forces kill 20 militants in Somalia
Mogadishu,Somalia (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Some 20 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed and scores injured on Tuesday night in a helicopter raid in Awdheegle district of Lower Shabelle province, southern Somalia.
Awdheegle mayor Mohamed Aweys Madyarow said Wednesday the airstrike by foreign forces targeted the Al-Shabaab militants in the area.
“This operation carried out with three warplanes, and infantry also took part the operation which went on for about 30 minutes,” Aweys told reporters.
The mayor said 20 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the airstrike.
“Eleven of their dead bodies were (found) in an area outside the town, 4 others were in another spot while they (Al-Shabaab) took the rest,” Aweys said.
“There were huge explosions on Tuesday night even the land was shaking. It was not only airstrike, but also infantry took part the battle. We could hear as the two sides exchanged heavy gun fire,” said a local resident who requested anonymity.
The Al-Qaida allied Al-Shabaab confirmed the air raid by foreign warplanes, but said they “foiled the attack”.
This is the second deadliest attack against Al-Shabab in the week.
U.S. Pentagon confirmed early this week that its security forces carried out an airstrike in central Somalia over the weekend, killing more than 150 Al-Shabaab fighters.For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com