JOHANNESBURG (WJTV) – The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia which killed 52 al-Qaida-linked, al-Shabab extremists, who were attacking Somali forces, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. officals say Somali forces had been under attack by a “large group” of the al-Qaida-linked extremists on Saturday, when the airstrike was ordered, near Jilib in the Middle Juba region, according to U.S. Africa Command.
Somali forces and Americans who were killed or wounded are not yet known.
Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.
The group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday.