A drone strike targeting two vehicles carrying Al Shabaab militants has killed a top intelligence commander of the group, a district commissioner in Garbaharey town was quoted in a Xinhua news agency report.
The vehicles were carrying senior A Shabaab terrorist Aden Garar and his team to Gedo region along the Somalia-Kenya border.
The strike was a retaliation move by the US after Al Shabaab launched an attack on a regional administration headquarters in Central Somalia, killing 10 and injuring many.
The terrorist group has not commented on the incident so far and neither has the Government in Mogadishu.
The UN Migration Agency has begun providing life-saving health care to two Somali towns previously inaccessible because of war and conflict.
Tens of thousands of people in the towns of Gobweyn and Bulla Gaduud have been deprived of life-saving health care for nearly three decades. These areas have been too dangerous for aid workers to reach because of the never-ending cycles of war and conflict in the area.
In recent months, International Organization for Migration spokesman, Joel Millman says government forces have succeeded in subduing the armed groups that have made life a misery for local inhabitants. This, he says has opened up these areas to outside help.
“For the past 27 years, war and conflict have made healthcare access difficult or impossible in many parts of the country. Now these communities have access to vaccinations, malaria treatment, antenatal care for pregnant mothers, malnutrition screenings and referrals, among other essential services,” Millman said.
Millman says aid agencies who finally were able to reach these towns were dismayed by the prevailing conditions. He says they found high levels of malnutrition and extremely poor immunization coverage.
Because the towns had no humanitarian services, he says many people had abandoned their villages. He says they were living in overcrowded settlements in far-away urban centers where medical care was available.