US drone kills several Shabaab militants | gulftoday.ae

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MOGADISHU: The United States military said on Saturday it has carried out a new drone strike against the Al Shabaab extremist group in Somalia, killing "several” militants.

A statement by the US Africa Command said the strike was carried out Friday night in Lower Shabelle region, about 32km north of the capital, Mogadishu. It came a day after another strike in the Bay Region, about 160km west of Mogadishu.

Friday’s airstrike was the 23rd the US military has carried out this year against the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab and the far smaller Daesh militant group in Somalia. The latest US drone strike was carried out in coordination with Somalia’s government, the US statement said.


Separately, Somalia’s Information Minister Abdirahman Osman on Saturday said 81 Al Shabab fighters were killed in an operation by Somali security forces in Jilib district, with the extremists’ camp there destroyed.


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