After the raid that took Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabaab unaware in its base, the terror group has been arresting suspected spies.
A Somali intelligence official who asked for anonymity says the raid on an al-Shabaab base in southern Somalia was targeted at a “high-profile member” who seemingly had lost his life in heavy fighting.
A Somali government official, Mohamed Aweys, said 15 Al-Shabaab fighters were murdered in the attack carried out by unnamed foreign commandos on their base in the town of Awdhegle.
The raid was allegedly carried out by white soldiers who arrived in a minimum of two helicopters in the middle of the night.
Associated Press news agency says the raid, which occurred on the group’s base in the southern town of Awdhegle, was carried out by US and Somali forces.
The official said the US and Somali forces’ chances of capture was made slim as some armed militants guarding the house firmly resisted. So the special commandos opted to killing and capturing technique.
US officials have reportedly confirmed that American special operations carried out the surprise attack on a base of militant Islamist group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia.
The officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity, hinting that the assault was done jointly with Somali forces.
Somali official claim 15 people were killed during the raid while earlier, al-Shabaab had placed the number at just 1. This is in addition to the wide-reaching attack in the group’s camp that had murdered up to 150 fighters.
Just hours after the US carried out an air strike on the al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia that the Pentagon said massacred about 150 militants, Al-Shabab said the US was exaggerating the casualty figure.
The militant’s spokesman said the bombing only killed “several” men, siting that they would not be so foolish to gather hundreds of men at one point knowing that the sky is full of planes.
The al-Qaeda-linked militants noted that during the raid, the fighters challenged the foreign commandos who stormed their town of Awdhegle, some 50km (30 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu.
But the U.S vowed to wipe al Shabaab for not conforming with their allies. The country has even placed money bounty on the heads of the militants who were involved in some key attacks that took the lives of many civilians in Kenya, Somalia and so on.
As a demonstration of their commitment to the fight, about 50 US special operations troops have been active in Somalia on a rotational basis for the last few years, AP says.