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25 Aug 2020 | 09:55 PM UTC

Somalia: US airstrike targets Al-Shabaab commander near Saakow (Middle Juba region) on August 25

Somalia News Alert

US airstrike targets Al-Shabaab commander near Saakow (Middle Juba region) on August 25; further operations likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Saakow (Middle Juba region)

Event

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has confirmed that an airstrike was conducted against Al-Shabaab forces in the vicinity of Saakow (Middle Juba region) on Tuesday, August 25. The airstrike reportedly targeted a senior Al-Shabaab commander, and one militant was killed in the strike. AFRICOM has assessed that no civilians were killed or injured in the strike.

Further military operations against Al-Shabaab fighters, as well as attacks by Al-Shabaab, are possible throughout Somalia in the near term.

Context

US Africa Command, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, routinely targets Al-Shabaab forces as well as compounds to disrupt militant operations. Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large areas of southern and central Somalia and stages frequent attacks across the country, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the UN-backed government.

Advice

Individuals in Somalia are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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