A US air strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon has confirmed.
Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, confirmed during a briefing today that an air strike was carried out against an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia.
Captain Jeff Davis from the Pentagon said, they used both manned and unmanned drone aircrafts to target the group’s facility about 120 miles north of the capital Mogadishu.
“We had been monitoring the camp for several weeks before the strike and had gathered intelligence, including about an imminent threat posed by the trainees,” the Pentagon said.
The Al Qaeda-linked Shabab has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia attacking government institutions after being driven out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011.
The group has also behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which both contribute troops to the African Union – AMISOM- peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook; also tweeted a statement about how injurious the attacks were on the potency of the Somali insurgents.
STATEMENT: Somalia airstrike degrades al-Shabaab's ability to recruit, establish bases & plan more attacks https://t.co/RiB2q6FsvL— Peter Cook (@PentagonPresSec) March 7, 2016