Two U.S. missiles hit a house in southern Somalia on Monday, according to local officials, in an attack Washington said was directed at “known terrorists”. Residents of Dobley, a remote Somali town 220 km (140 miles) from the southern port city of Kismayu on the Kenyan border, said they believed the missiles were targeting senior Islamist leaders meeting nearb
They can’t hide anywhere anymore. Al Qaida will be hunted down and killed wherever they are in the world. Today, it was revealed by the Pentagon, that the United States attacked a known Al Qaida terrorist in Somalia.
The U.S. military attacked a “known al-Qaida terrorist” in southern Somalia, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.
Spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters that the attack was launched on Sunday, local time, but he declined to provide any details, including whether the targeted individual was hit or whether there were any other casualties.
Whitman also would not identify or further describe the targeted individual or say how the attack was carried out.
It was not entirely clear whether the U.S. strike was aimed at a single individual. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters, “the action was to go after al-Qaida and al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists,” suggesting that it may have been designed to hit more than one person.
Like Whitman, Johndroe declined to provide any details.
Somali police said three missiles hit a Somali town held by Islamic extremists, destroying a home and seriously injuring eight people.
Whitman said the attack was launched in accordance with standard U.S. policy.
“As we have repeatedly said, we will continue to pursue terrorist activities and their operations wherever we may find them,” the spokesman said. “We do work very closely with our partners in the region in the conduct of our military operations.” He declined to say if he was referring to Somalia in this case.