Ethiopia’s Air Force bombed an al-Shabaab encampment, killing two of the group’s leaders.
The January 24, 2019, bombing run in Bur Haybe, east of Baidoa, lasted about 45 minutes, Africa News reported, citing the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. The strikes killed al-Shabaab’s regional operations chief and an explosives expert in addition to 35 al-Shabaab fighters. The airstrike took out four military trucks and five high-caliber weapons, Africa News reported.
Reports from a week earlier indicated that Ethiopian troops had been ambushed by al-Shabaab in Baidoa and sustained casualties.
Ethiopia formally joined the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2014 although its military had made security contributions to the regional effort earlier. In February 2019, AMISOM named Ethiopian Lt. Gen. Tigabu Yilma Wondimhunegn the force commander of the five-nation mission. “This mission is a challenging one, but we are up to the task,” Tigabu said.