(Xinhua) -- The United States military
said on Friday evening its special forces conducted an airstrike
against al-Shabab terrorists in southwest of the capital,
Mogadishu, killing 12 terrorists.
The U.S. Africa
Command (Africom) said the Thursday afternoon airstrike which
was conducted in cooperation with Somali government targeted the
militants about 30km southwest of Mogadishu, and did not result
in civilian casualties.
"We currently assess no civilians were killed in this
airstrike," Africom said in a statement released following the
latest strike in the Horn of Africa nation.
The latest U.S. strike comes amid heightened vigilance by
Somalia’s stabilization security unit forces who have launched
operation targeting several parts of the Horn of Africa nation,
in response to the increasing terror attacks in the country.
Africom said American forces will continue to use all
authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and
to disable terrorist threats.
"This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National
Security Forces in combined counterterrorism operations and
targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe
havens throughout Somalia and the region," it added.
The latest strike also comes after the militant group
released a video record of some of the brutal assassinations the
insurgents have carried out recently against individuals accused
of working with local governments.