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

Washington: 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.

“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 strike occurred sometime Saturday (US time) on a camp about 120 miles (195 kilometers) north of Mogadishu.