The United States military killed six al-Shabab terrorists and wounded three others in an airstrike in Somalia. There were no civilian casualties. The airstrike followed after the al-Qaida-linked group attacked Somali forces while U.S. forces, which were there to advise their Somali partners, were close by.
According to a statement by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Monday’s airstrike was carried out near Dar as-Salam village in southern Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region after al-Shabab fighters attacked Somali troops from a nearby building.
“When this airstrike occurred, U.S. forces were in the vicinity in order to advise and assist Somali partner forces. Al-Shabaab falsely claimed U.S. casualties. No U.S. forces were injured or killed during the attack,” AFRICOM’s statement read.
Al-Shabab frequently inflates claims of U.S. and Somali casualties by means of propaganda videos in an attempt to attract recruits to its banner, drum up popular support, and seek media attention.