The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that seven suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group had been killed in a bombing in northeastern Somalia in response to an attack on positions of the African country’s security forces.
The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has detailed that the attack was carried out on Tuesday in the Timirshe area, southeast of Bosaso, before adding that the civilian bombing was unsafe.
“We continue to put pressure on terrorist groups and help our Somali partners change their operations,” said Miguel Castellanos, AFRICOM’s deputy director of operations. “We continue to support Somalia from people like the Islamic State and Al Shabaab,” he added.
AFRICOM also noted that there were US forces in the region in the region who were supposed to advise and assist Somali forces before accusing terrorist groups of using propaganda “to intimidate the local population”.