The command’s initial assessment is the strike killed six al-Shabaab terrorists and that no civilians were injured or killed.
Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command takes great
measures to prevent civilian casualties. Protecting civilians remains a
vital part of the command’s operations to promote greater security for
Al-Shabaab is the largest and most deadly al-Qaeda
network in the world and has proven both its will and capability to
attack Somali, East African, and American civilians. U.S. kinetic
actions against al-Shabaab in Somalia are conducted in support of the
Federal Government of Somalia’s ongoing campaign to disrupt terrorist
operations in their country.
Somalia remains key to the stability
and security in all of East Africa. U.S. Africa Command’s forces will
continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to give them
the tools that they need to defeat al-Shabaab.
U.S. Africa Command
will continue to assess the results of these operations and will
provide additional information as appropriate. Specific details about
the units involved and assets used will not be released in order to
ensure operations security.