(CNN)The U.S. government has conducted two "self-defense" airstrikes in southern Somalia because of an "imminent threat" against American troops in the East African country, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Tuesday.
U.S. airstrikes hit Al-Shabaab camp in Somalia after 'imminent threat'
The airstrikes happened late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning against an Al-Shabaab camp north of the town of Kismayo in southern Somalia, according to a U.S. defense official.
Further details about the strikes weren't immediately available.
The U.S. military has been helping Somali government and African Union forces battle Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-affiliated militant group that has been waging an insurgency in Somalia for about 10 years with the aim of turning the country into a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Last month, U.S. special operations forces and Somali commandos killed at least one senior Al-Shabaab leader and captured an undisclosed number of high-value Al-Shabaab figures during a joint nighttime raid on one of the terror group's camps, the Somali government said.