March 8, 2016 / 6:54 AM / in 3 years

Somalia's al Shabaab confirms U.S. strike, says casualties exaggerated

MOGADISHU, March 8 (Reuters) - Somali Islamist group al Shabaab confirmed on Tuesday that the United States had bombed an area it controlled, but said the U.S. figure of more than 150 casualties was an exaggeration.

The Pentagon had said it launched air strikes on a training facility on Saturday that had killed 150 fighters with the al Qaeda-linked group in the Horn of Africa nation.

“The U.S. bombed an area controlled by al Shabaab. But they exaggerated the figure of casualties. We never gather 100 fighters in one spot for security reasons. We know the sky is full of planes,” the group’s military spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters. He did not give a casualty figure.

Reporting by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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