US drone strikes have murdered more than 12 Al-Shabaab Fighters in southern Somalia, according to a US official. Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said that the “self-defence strikes” were conducted on Monday and Tuesday in an area north of the port city of Kismayo.
Based on his statement:
“This was in southern Somalia against al-Shabaab targets that were posing an imminent threat to US [and Somali] personnel.”
However local residents have told the media that a fraction of people who were slaughtered in US drone strikes in southern Somalia’s port city of Kismayo were civilians. A Pentagon spokesman, however, insists that it was 12 of the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab Fighters that were killed in the strikes carried out on Monday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile as the deliberations were ongoing, an explosion went off at a busy livestock market in Somalia. The attack reportedly killed at least three people and injured six others.
Security official Abdukadir Mohamed told Reuters news agency reports that the blast took place in a market were livestock are sold predominately – the Afgoye district, some 30km (20 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. The raid is the most recent in a series of attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.
A resident told media that:
“There was chaos, people were running for shelter, several bodies were strewn around – including two soldiers.”
This is coming after reports of a video of Al-Shabaab Fighters that went viral recently. The 48 minute video showed KDF Soldiers in action during the Somalia El-Adde attack, and what the KDF camp looked like. The video also showed how Al-Shabaab Fighters gained access into KDF camp in Somalia and the war that went down before they outran KDF camp.