Washington (UNA-OIC) – The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that it conducted an airstrike on Tuesday in Somalia’s Puntland region, killing seven Daesh-affiliated militants.
A statement from AFRICOM on Wednesday said the airstrike was conducted, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, in response to an attack on partner forces by the militants in Turmasale and Amayra, mountainous hideouts near the village of Timirshe, 140 kilometers southeast of Bosaso, located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden.
The Command added that the preliminary assessment indicates the airstrike killed seven militants, with no civilian deaths or injuries, pointing out that this is the US 42nd airstrike of the year in Somalia, and the first targeting pro-ISIS forces.
“We continue to apply pressure on terrorist groups and assist our Somali partners in disrupting their operations,” said US Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy director of operations, AFRICOM. “We continue our support to rid Somalia of the likes of ISIS and al-Shabaab.”
The statement affirmed that the US Africa Command continues to support the government of Somalia by strengthening its security forces and promoting regional security, stability, and prosperity. Concurrently, the Command is building enduring relationships and strategic alliances in East Africa to address looming challenges and malign activity by near-peer competitors.