U.S. military on Saturday said it conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the Golis Mountains of the semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland.
In a statement, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Huston, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command said in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the mission carried out the airstrike against the group on May 24, 2019.
The attack killed three Al-Shabaab militants.
“At this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed three (3) militants. Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike. Our process and procedures allow for additional information to inform post-strike analysis,” said Gen. Robert Huston.
The mission stated precision airstrikes such as these support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somali people from terrorism while creating opportunities for increased governance to take hold.
U.S. Africa Command pledged that it will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.
“In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM, and Somali National Army forces,” the statement reads.