Somali intelligence cooperated with US for al Shabab air strike
Published 08/03/2016 | 11:21
Somalia's intelligence service cooperated with the US in air strikes that killed more than 150 al Shabab members on Saturday, an intelligence official said.
The air strikes targeted a forested military training camp run by the Islamic extremists 124 miles north of the capital Mogadishu, the official said, adding that the camp was al Shabab's main planning base. He said Somali officials helped the US to pinpoint the location of the militants' training base but did not give details.
Another intelligence official said al Shabab members training there were planning to attack a drone base in the region.
The Pentagon said that the air strikes killed fighters who were preparing to launch a large-scale attack, likely against African Union or US personnel.
Multiple drones and manned aircraft launched missiles and bombs on the site, called Raso Camp, which the US had been watching for several weeks, said Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
The camp was destroyed, he said, adding that the US believes there were no civilian casualties.
The al Qaida-linked al Shabab has been linked to a number of attacks, including the detonation of a bomb on board a commercial passenger jet last month that forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu.