Mogaidish, March 12, 2019 (Hornnews24) – Al-Qaida-linked Alshabaab has claimed on Tuesday killing a senior US official and 6 Somali soldiers in a heavy fighting between the group and a US-led joint force in Somalia’s Lower Shabebbelleh.
According to Alshabaab sources, the fighting has erupted at Darusalam village between the two sides when the American troops backed by Somali soldiers lauched an offensive on Darusalam village at midnihgt.
Alshabaab stated that its fighters had killed the American commander of the US-Somali joint force together with 6 Somali soldiers. Radio Andulus reported that the joint forces were routed in disarray and that Alshabaab fighters fully control the area at time being.
Both Somali government and US Africa Command have made no comments on the attack so far. No independent sources have confirmed the reports.
Al-Shabaab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile suicide bombings and other attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.
Alshabaab fights for ousting the Somalia government to impose the Islamic Sharia law on the country.
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