Somalia: US Airstrike Wiped Out Al-Shabab Camp

FILE - Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area, south of Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 17, 2017.

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Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced.

Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired Friday by two unmanned U.S. drones.

One official says some of the freshly trained al-Shabab recruits were “burnt beyond recognition” and that the death toll exceeds 75. The U.S. on Tuesday said about 60 extremists were killed.

The official says some graduates were being prepared to carry out suicide bombings on Somali and African Union bases while others were foot soldiers meant for complex attacks across central and southern Somalia.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
– Associated Press