‘More than 150’ Shebab fighters killed in US drone strike in Somalia: official

, 11:15 PM IST
Al Shabaab

A US drone strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia over the weekend killed more than 150 fighters who were planning a “large-scale” attack, the Pentagon said Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the strike occurred sometime Saturday (US time) on a camp called Raso, about 120 miles (195 kilometers) north of Mogadishu.

“The fighters were there training and were training for a large-scale attack. We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and (African Union) forces,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

“Initial assessments are that more than 150 terrorist fighters were eliminated,” he added.

Davis said the group had neared the completion of specialist training to conduct “offensive operations,” but he did not give any details about the assault the fighters were allegedly planning.