By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015 – U.S. military forces have conducted what a Pentagon spokesman described as a counterterrorism operation in Somalia against a suspected member of the al-Shabab militant group.
Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today the operation was carried out yesterday in an area of the East African country on a road south of the capital, Mogadishu, and said results are still being assessed. Warren described the target as high value but would not say what assets were involved, only that the operation involved “no boots on the ground.”
The U.S. strike against the Islamic network would be at least the second since December, when the U.S. military reported that an unmanned airstrike killed the chief of the group’s intelligence and security wing.
Among other attacks in East Africa, al-Shabab has been blamed for a massacre at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed nearly 70 people in 2013.