U.S. missiles strike Somali targets
The U.S. military confirmed Thursday that it carried out missle attacks in Somalia aimed at killing the leader of an Islamic militant group, the BBC reported.
A spokesman said the attacks were carrie out in the Somail town of Dusamareb where an al-Qaeda leader was known to be staying.
The strike hit the home of Aden Hashi Ayro, who controls al-Shabab, another militant group in Somalia that may have ties to al-Qaeda.
The attack may have killed as many as 30 people.
"It was an attack against a known al-Qaeda target and militia leader in Somalia," military spokesman Bob Prucha told the Associate Press.
The U.S. considers al-Shabab to be a terrorist group, but it is unclear whether it is connected to al-Qaeda or is a purely Somali group.
The missles were launched from a vessel in the Indian Ocean and his Ayro's home at 3 a.m. Somail time.
"We heard a huge explosion and when we ran out of our house we saw balls of smoke and flames coming out of house," a local resident told the BBC.
A spokesman for al-Shabab warned there would be revenge for the attacks. "I am letting the citizens of the US and the allies know they are not going to be safe in this area," he said.