The US Africa command (AFRICOM) announced on January 10th that six al-Shabab militants in Somalia, have been killed in the fourth airstrike there this week. The latest attack was carried out on January 8th in Somalia's Bay region and destroyed one vehicle. No civilian casualties were reported in the attack. On January 6th, the US said it carried out two strikes in Somalia in defence of Somali forces who "were engaged by al-Shabab militants," killing four al-Shabab extremists.
AFRICOM said another US airstrike on January 6th killed six al-Shabab members near Dheerow Sanle in the Lower Shabelle region and a strike on January 2nd killed 10 militants in the same area.
According to AFRICOM, the US carried out 47 airstrikes in Somalia last year and 35 in 2017, killing hundreds of militants. Most targeted al-Shabab, while some targeted IS militants in Somalia.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militant group continues to control large areas in southern and central Somalia. They are also responsible for deadly bombings in the capital, Mogadishu.