U.S. Drone strike hits potential terrorist attack in Somali Capital
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News December 13, 2017 Updated: 1:29 PM
U.S. Africa Command said a U.S. military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in the country of Somalia. They said the strike removed "an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu" by the al-Shabab group.
It was not clear how many al-Shabab fighters may, have been killed or, if any civilians were killed. The air strike was carried out in the early morning on Tuesday southwest of Somalia's capital. A senior Somali intelligence official said the air strike largely destroyed a minibus traveling near the rebel-held village of Mubarak in the lower Shabelle region. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The al-Shabab group was blamed for the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed 512 people, wounded more than 300 and left more than 60 missing. According to the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland.
The Al-Shabab group often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu including hotels, military checkpoints and the presidential palace.
Peace advocates and a group with loved ones in the military are concerned that the U.S. military is being used as the world police for wealthy investors using the power of the United States military as security to protect their financial interest in other countries.
The U.S. military has carried out 32 air strikes this year against the Somalia-based al-Shabab. Earlier this year the Trump administration approved expanded military operations against extremist groups in the Horn of Africa but critics have said, “Those groups while bad are not a real threat to the U.S, are costing the taxpayers billions and are not in keeping with the slogan, America First.”
All of this on heels of a pipe bomb attack in New York where an immigrant from Bangladesh is accused of setting off a bomb in the New York City subway system in the United States.