About 30 Al-Shabab Islamist militants have been killed in a US airstrike in support of government forces in Somalia, according to the US military.
The operation took place near the city of Galcad, about 260 kilometers northeast of the capital Mogadishu.
In recent days, the Somali army and Al-Shabab militants have been fighting for control of the city.
Friday’s airstrike came as the army was attacked by more than 100 militants, the US Africa Command says.
Earlier, the Islamists killed seven soldiers after storming a military base in Galcad. The Somali Information Ministry said dozens of militants were killed.
Al-Shabab has been fighting Somalia’s central government since 2006, aiming to impose an extremist Islamist regime. Although it has been driven out of Mogadishu and other areas, it continues to attack military and civilian targets.
On Monday, the government said its army and local militias had captured the port city of Harardhere, which had been a key Al-Shabab supply center since 2010.
In its report on the Galcad battle, the US Africa Command said three Al-Shabab vehicles had been destroyed and “the command judges that no civilians were injured or killed”. The details have not been independently verified.
“US Africa Command forces will continue to train, advise and equip partner forces to give them the resources they need to defeat Al-Shabab, the largest and most deadly al-Qaeda network in the world,” the statement said. statement.