US military denies conducting airstrike near Bosaso town in Somalia 


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – US military on Tuesday denied that it had carried out an airstrike in Al Madow area near the commercial port city of Bosaso in northeastern Somalia’s Puntland region, days after Somali government claimed that its international partners had carried out an air raid in the area. 

Officials with US military’s Africa Command told VOA that they were not involved in any operation carried out in collaboration with Somali government in Puntland, dismissing claims by the Somali Ministry of Information. 

In a statement issued on May 26, Somali Ministry of Information asserted that the government and its international partners had killed at least 20 Al-Shabaab militants in a mountainous area near Bosaso following a joint military operation. 

Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland dismissed the claim as “groundless”, saying that the federal government has no troops present in the area and capabilities to conduct air raids. 

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