Tripoli, Dec 1 : US Africa Command (AFRICOM) on Saturday confirmed conducting airstrikes near Al Uwaynat, in southern Libya which killed 11 al-Qa’ ida terrorists.
It said 11 al-Qa’ ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists were killed and three vehicles were destroyed in the attack what it referred to as “a precision airstrike,” a report in Libya Herald said.
It said that no Libyan civilians were injured or killed as a result of the air strike.
“In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), U.S. Africa Command conducted a precision airstrike near Al Uwaynat, Libya, November 29, 2018, killing eleven (11) al-Qa’ ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists and destroying three (3) vehicles, a statement said.
At this time, we assess no civilians were injured or killed in this strike.”
“AFRICOM will use precision strikes to deny terrorists safe haven in Libya. We will keep pressure on their network, and they remain vulnerable wherever they are,” said US Marine Corps Maj Gen. Gregg P. Olson, director of operations, US Africa Command.
This is the third US strike against AQIM in Libya. The last strike against AQIM occurred on June 13, 2018, resulting in the death of one (1) terrorist.
The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt, and destroy terrorist organizations and bring stability to the region. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing terrorists from establishing safe haven”, the statement concluded.(UNI)