An AC-130 Spectre gunship carried out the strike. This large aircraft, modelled on the Hercules cargo plane, is stuffed with cannon and machine-guns. The AC-130 is designed to saturate a large area with gunfire, hitting every square yard in the target zone with multiple rounds.Heh, that is some aircraft. Fill it with water and it could extinguish forest fires covering whole mountains chains. Fill it with ammo and it is a veritable showerhead of death cleansing the Somalian plains. More at EU Referendum.
So this was the very opposite of a surgical strike. Anyone in the path of the gunship, which departed from the US military base at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, would have been killed.
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