Thirteen (13) Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in a joint raid by U.S. and Somali government forces (SNA) near Kismayo, a Somali official confirmed Wednesday.
The U.S. Africa Command issued in a statement announced Wednesday that in a joint operation from actionable intelligence, U.S. and SNA forces conducted a successful collective self-defense strike operation against an Al-Shabaab, killing 13 fighters.
Using U.S. attack helicopters, the joint forces which included Somali Special Forces were airlifted to the site of the attack, about 500 kilometers south of capital Mogadishu.
Credible intelligence provided showed that the terrorists were planning to lay siege on SNA military base in Lower Jubba region.
“They were about 100 militias who were gathering in a jungle area, and we targeted them,” a senior SNA commander told journalists. “We foiled their attack. We killed 13 and wounded 10 others.”
SNA forces displayed the bodies of the dead terrorists Wednesday in Kismayo.