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SOMALIA: SUSPECTED US WARPLANES RAID AL-SHABAAB BASE NEAR JILIB TOWN

Suspected U.S. warplanes have carried out an overnight airstrike against al-Shabaab controlled bases in Middle Jubba region of Southern Somalia.

Garowe Online reports indicated that the raid began with air bombardment targeted a militant camp at Welmarow, about 65 Km away from Jilib, which serves as the biggest al-Shabaab stronghold in Southern Somalia.

After the bombing, ground special forces swooped into the area, and engaged in a fierce minutes-long gunfire with al-Shabaab fighters in the vicinity, according to residents.

The exact casualty figures of the raid on the al-Shabaab base is not yet confirmed.

Sources told GO that the foreign fighter jets dropped leaflets in Jilib town, about an hour before the attack on Welmarow area, warning residents to abandon al-Shabaab bases, for imminent aerial attack.

The militant group al-Shabaab is yet to release a statement on the airstrike targetting their training camp.

U.S. and Kenyan military has stepped up special operations targeting al-Shabaab bastions and its top leaders in south and central Somalia over the past few months.

Separately, suspected al-Shabaab assailants were reported to have tossed hand grenades into the house of Hodan district commissioner in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday.

Security officials said the incident occurred early evening with no causalities, as the attackers targeted the former official Ahmed Salad Ibrahim.

The assailants fled the crime scene before the arrival of the Police authorities who cordoned off the area for investigation.

Ibrahim was replaced by the new Mayor of Mogadishu last month, who appointed new districts officials after assuming the office.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Police authorities are accusing al-Shabaab group behind the failed attempt against the official.

This incident coincides amid major security operations carried out by joint security forces comprise of Police, military and Intelligence agency who are assigned for Mogadishu Stabilization Mission during the holy month of Ramadan.

Source: NAM News Network