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US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 12 fighters

AP  |  Mogadishu 

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia's capital that killed 12 al-Shabab extremists.

The US Africa Command has carried out at least 15 such airstrikes this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, which continues to hold some rural areas of the Horn of Africa nation.

Dozens of US airstrikes were carried out last year after the Trump administration approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, which was blamed for an October truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 500 people.

The new statement says the US military assesses that no civilians were killed in yesterday's strike about 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu.

The US has faced accusations in recent months of killing civilians in joint operations with Somali forces against al-Shabab.

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First Published: Fri, June 01 2018. 22:21 IST