American forces killed a senior leader of the Islamic State during a special operation in Somalia Wednesday night, which also saw several other members of the group killed.
The U.S. military announced that airstrikes carried out by American forces killed 15 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia’s Hirshabelle State.
The Al-Shabaab Islamic terror group affiliated with al-Qaeda on Sunday killed nine civilians and wounded 47 others in Somalia during its second attack on a hotel in three months, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
The U.S. military carried out an airstrike on an al-Shabaab militant network over the weekend in Somalia that killed a leader of the extremist group, U.S. Africa Command and the Somali government said on Monday.
An initial assessment shows that an airstrike carried out over Somalia by the US Africa Command (USAC) on Sunday killed 27 Al-Shabaab jihadist insurgents who had been attacking Somali national forces, USAC said in a press statement Wednesday. The strike carried out near Buulobarde was requested by the Somali federal government, and there were no reported civilian casualties, USAC said.
A Somali pastor sustained severe injuries when his Somali father-in-law violently assaulted him last month for refusing to return to Islam, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Somalis believe they are born Muslim, and anyone who leaves Islam can be charged with apostasy and sentenced to death.
Somali Christians remain vulnerable to jihadist violence, as twenty-one people have now died following an attack on August 19 by the al-Shabaab Islamic terror group in Mogadishu, Somalia, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Linked to al-Qaeda, al Shabaab has been conducting Islamic jihad in Somalia and Kenya, targeting Christians as well as terrorizing the civilian population generally.
Somali forces claim to have ended the deadly siege at a hotel in the capital Mogadishu after armed Islamic militants stormed the building on Friday.
A U.S. airstrike on Sunday killed more than a dozen members of the al Shabab Islamist terror group in what is believed to be the second such mission launched in a week to support the government of Somalia.