Friday 14 December 2018

'Several militants killed' in US airstrike against al Shabab in Somalia

Library picture of Mogadishu
Library picture of Mogadishu

"Several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against the al Shabab extremist group in Somalia, the US military has said.

A statement by the US Africa Command said the airstrike was carried out on Thursday afternoon in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of the capital, Mogadishu.

The US has carried out well over a dozen drone strikes against the al Qaida-linked al Shabab this year after the Trump administration approved expanded military efforts against the group.

The US says the latest airstrike occurred in cooperation with Somalia's government.

Earlier this month the US military carried out its first airstrikes in Somalia against the Islamic State group, which is a small but growing presence in the northern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

AP

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