U.S airstrike kills Al-Shabaab militant in Somalia



At least one Al-Shabaab militant was killed when the U.S. military carried out another airstrike against the Al-Qaida allied insurgent group in Somalia late Saturday.

The operation occurred near Bulogudud, about 400 km southwest of the capital city of Mogadishu, the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said late Sunday.

"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against Al-Shabaab at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT) on Saturday, killing one enemy combatant," Africom said in a statement.

"Prior to this strike, the U.S. forces observed the Al-Shabaab combatant participating in the attacks on a U.S. and Somali convoy. The U.S. forces subsequently conducted the strike under collective self-defense authorities," it added.

The U.S. military has killed several militants in strikes carried out in coordination with the Somali government in the past week in a bid to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

Washington said Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaida and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks across the world.

"Al-Shabaab is publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the United States and our partners in the region," it said, vowing to intensify airstrikes against the militants in Somalia.