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US kills 'several militants' in Somalia air strike

AFP  |  Washington 

The US military announced today it had killed "several militants" in an airstrike against Al- Shabaab jihadists in Somalia.

The attack took place early today in the Bay region in the center of the country, about 100 miles west of Mogadishu.


The strike was carried out "in coordination with the Federal of Somalia," the US Command said in a statement.

"Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world," it said.

Al-Shabaab was blamed for the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed 358 people, and an attack on a hotel on October 29 that left 27 dead.

On Saturday the US mission to Somalia urged all non- essential staff to leave Mogadishu immediately following a specific threat against them.

That was one day after the US Command launched drone strikes that targeted an Islamic State base in the country's northeast.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 04:32 IST
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