Tuesday 15 October 2019

Airstrike on al-Shabab claims 26 lives after terror group siege in Somalia kills and wounds dozens

A man injured in the Somali capital is helped away
A man injured in the Somali capital is helped away

Abdi Guled

The US military said it killed 26 al-Shabab terrorists with an airstrike in central Somalia, after a pair of strikes earlier this week killed 55.

The US has carried out 24 such strikes this year with several claiming death tolls in double figures, including one in mid-January that killed 52 fighters and one in late January that killed 24.

The new airstrike was announced shortly after Somali authorities said a deadly overnight siege by al-Shabab had ended in the capital, Mogadishu, with all attackers killed.

At least 24 people were killed with more than 50 others wounded, many of them critically.

The attack, which began with a pair of car bombs on Thursday night as Somalis relaxed in a popular neighbourhood of restaurants and bars, was one of the most serious in months and was quickly claimed by the al-Q'aida-linked group.

Irish Independent

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