U.S. says airstrike in Somalia kills 2 terrorists

U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia on Thursday, killing two militants, the US Africa Command said on Friday.

U.S. Africom said the strikes were carried out in the vicinity of Garowle, Lower Shabelle Region, in coordination with local Somali forces.

“These precision strikes help sow discord within the ranks of al-Shabaab,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africom director of operations.

In its statement, the US force said no civilians were killed or injured in Thursday’s strike.

The force pledged to continue collaborating with Somali forces to disable the threat of terrorism posed by al-Shabaab.

The al-Qaeda affiliated group has waged an extremist war in Somalia for over a decade, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions others.

The U.S. forces and African Union troops have been deployed in the Horn of African country to battle the militant group. While the U.S. initially engaged the militants minimally, President Donald Trump granted broader authority to carry out strikes after coming into power.