Dhusamareb airstrike

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Dhusamareb airstrike
Part of Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa
Type Aerial attack
Location Dhuusamarreeb, Somalia
Target Islamic militants
Date May 1, 2008 (2008-05-01)
Executed by  United States
Casualties up to 30 killed
4 injured

The Dhusamareb airstrike took place on May 1, 2008, at around 3:00 am local time when an American plane dropped three large bombs on a house in the Dhuusamarreeb region in central Somalia. The attack was targeted against the Muslim militant group al-Shabaab.[1][2]

The attack killed up to 30 people including civilians and two Islamist leaders, identified by al-Shabaab as Adan Ayrow and Sheikh Muhyadin Omar.[3][4][5] Four others were injured.


Bob Prucha, a US military spokesman, confirmed there was a US attack on a "known al-Qaeda target" and militia leader.[6]

Mukhtar Robow "Abu Mansur", a leader of al-Shabaab, said: "It is true that infidel planes bombed Dhusamareb. This was an unprovoked attack, Aden Hashi Eyrow and Sheikh Muhyadin Omar are the most important Shabaab members who were victims of this foreign aggression... The death of Eyrow and Omar will not stop the struggle for the supremacy of Allah and the liberation of the holy land of Somalia. We will continue the struggle until the Somali people are free."[6]

Paul Salopek reported in the Chicago Tribune that jihadists had vowed to kill every foreigner in Somalia in response.[7]

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