The U.S. Army has announced the death of a suspected member of the Al Shabaab jihadist group in a bomb attack Wednesday near the city of Jilib in the south of the African country.
“The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) continues to support the Somali government in changing Al Shabaab’s plans to destroy,” said Chris Karns, director of public affairs at AFRICOM. “We continue to strive to support our partners in our common fight against violent extremism,” he added.
AFRICOM said in its statement that “it is aware of the complaints about civilian casualties resulting from the bombing,” although it added that “at the moment it is believed that no civilian has been wounded or died as a result of this”.
He stressed that “the initial assessment concludes that one terrorist was killed in the bombing and another was wounded,” while saying that “an Al Shabaab complex was destroyed in the airstrike”.