The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is keeping the pressure on the terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia despite the redeployment of troops from Somalia to other countries in East Africa. 

AFRICOM conducted another airstrike against the group on Wednesday, striking a compound in the vicinity of Buulo Fulaay in southern Somalia killing one of the group’s members. 

In a released statement, AFRICOM said that according to its initial assessment no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the operation. 

“This strike in Buulo Fulaay combined with recent strikes, shows our resolve and degrades al-Shabaab’s ability to threaten Somalia and its neighbors,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Joint Task Force – Quartz commander. “Side by side with our partners, we plan to leave no safe place for al-Shabaab to hide.”

This was the third time this month that AFRICOM has hit al-Shabaab in Somalia with airstrikes. On January 1, the command conducted two drone strikes that targeted al-Shabaab compounds near Qunyo Barrow. The drone strikes killed three and wounded one al-Shabaab member; they destroyed six and damaged one al-Shabaab compound buildings.

On January 7, AFRICOM targeted a building in the vicinity of Saaxa Weyne in which the group’s leaders were meeting. In that strike, five al-Shabaab members were killed including the targeted leaders. 

“This strike targeted known al-Shabaab leaders who facilitated finance, weapons, fighters, and explosives. One is suspected of being involved in a previous attack against U.S. and Somali forces,” he said. “Our continued disruption of al-Shabaab through persistent strikes shows our ongoing commitment to our partners.”

Also on January 7, Somali troops from the 60th Division killed a senior commander and eight of his bodyguards who were preparing an attack.