Islamists killed in four days of Somalia strikes, United States says

Map showing place of the attack in Weydow at the Afgoye Mogadishu road

Map showing place of the attack in Weydow at the Afgoye Mogadishu road

The government will use all available resources, including foreign military support from our worldwide partners in particular the United States of America and African forces (AMISOM).

The U.S. military has killed several militants in strikes carried out in coordination with the Somali government in the past week in a bid to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the US forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against Al-Shabaab at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT) on Saturday, killing one enemy combatant", Africom said in a statement.

All airstrikes and offensive operations taking place in Somalia are well planned and our leaders sought assurances that in attempts to avoid civilian casualties, all necessary precautions are taken prior to every airstrike.

The minister lauded the Somali people for their support to military operations against terrorists who have killed innocent people, including the October 14 truck bomb attack that left at least 358 people dead. Winning hearts and minds of our people is key to the success of counter terrorism in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group linked to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide bomber rammed a auto bomb into the convoy ferrying allied forces heading to the capital.