US carries out strike on Shabaab militant in Somalia: officials

March 14, 2015 7:11 am
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"This operation was conducted against the al-Shabaab network," Warren said/FILE
“This operation was conducted against the al-Shabaab network,” Warren said/FILE
WASHINGTON, US Mar 14 – The US military has carried out an air strike against a senior al-Shabaab militant in Somalia and is still reviewing the results of the operation, the Pentagon said Friday.

The operation, which did not involve US troops on the ground, took place on Thursday on a road south of Mogadishu and focused on “a high-value target,” spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

“This operation was conducted against the al-Shabaab network,” Warren said.

“We are currently assessing the results of this operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.”

An armed drone carried out the strike, a US defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The Pentagon declined to comment on reports, citing Kenyan officials, that the strike targeted a Shabaab figure who orchestrated the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, which left 67 people dead.

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