U.S. Strikes al-Shabaab Training Camp in Somalia, More Than 150 Killed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The U.S. military carried out a drone strike over the weekend targeting a training camp run by Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab about 120 miles north of capital Mogadishu over the weekend, killing more than 150, the Pentagon said on Monday.

“It was a successful strike,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, adding U.S. intelligence indicated the group was preparing for a “large-scale attack” and posed a threat to American and African Union forces in Somalia.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.