The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) killed a member of the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab in an airstrike in the vicinity of Saakow in Somalia’s Middle Juba region on Tuesday, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
The airstrike was targeting an unidentified Al-Shabaab senior leader, according to AFRICOM.
This airstrike was the 45th this year alone.
The statement emphasized Washington’s commitment in the fight against Al-Shabaab, which has been terrorizing civilians since 2008 when it first launched a serious attack inside Somalia.
“Al-Shabaab is a dangerous enemy,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, deputy director for operations, U.S. Africa Command. “It is a danger to Africa and the United States. We will continue to place pressure on the network and impact their ability to plan and execute these acts.”
International efforts and the persistent pressure placed on Al-Shabaab assists in combating the terrorists.