Washington: The US military has launched a strike in Somalia against al-Qaeda operatives suspected of playing a role in the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, CBS television reported on Monday.
A Somali government source said that the air attack left "many dead".
An AC-130 gunship flying from Djibouti carried out the attack in southern Somalia after US intelligence tracked the operatives with an unmanned aerial drone, the news network reported.
AIRSTRIKE AGAINST AL-QAEDA: US intelligence says some Islamists provided shelter to al-Qaeda members.
CBS cited reports of dead bodies in the area, but there was no verification as to whether the al-Qaeda agents were among them.
One of the targets was believed to be al-Qaeda's senior leader in East Africa.
The report comes as Islamists who had gained control of most of Somalia were on the run after an Ethiopian-supported assault against them.
There was no immediate comment of the report from the Pentagon, but CNN later cited a senior Pentagon official as saying an attack had occurred.
US, Ethiopian and Kenyan intelligence officials say some Islamists provided shelter to a handful of al-Qaeda members, and that suspects in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania used Somalia as a base.
The Islamists deny any al-Qaeda links.