US launches airstrike on Somali militant leader – Pentagon

Somalia security forces transport blind-folded suspects detained after attackers from the militant group al-Shabaab invaded the African Union’s Halane base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, December 26, 2014.(Reuters / Feisal Omar)

The US military has conducted an airstrike targeting a senior al-Shabaab leader in Somalia, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

“The strike took place in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia,” the Defense Department has announced.

The military is still assessing the results of the operation, but at this time there is no reason to believe there were any “civilian or bystander casualties,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Additional information will be provided “when appropriate, as details become available,” it added.

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