At least 13 people have been killed as the result of a US airstrike in southern Somalia, the Pentagon says.
The December 24 airstrike was carried out in coordination with the government of Somalia, US Africa Command said Wednesday, claiming that those killed in the attack belonged to the al-Shabaab terror group.
A Somali military commander in the area told VOA that aircraft from a “friendly nation” were scrambled to defend a military base from an offensive by the militant group.
“US forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorist groups,” Africa Command said in a statement on the strike.
The US military has carried out around 30 airstrikes across Somalia this year, including a drone attack that reportedly killed 100 militants at a training camp last month.
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