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US airstrikes in Somalia; high-level al-Shabab leader killed

AP  |  Mogadishu 

The US military has announced two new airstrikes against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, and Somalia's president says the joint operation killed a high- level leader of the group.

The US statement says the airstrikes were carried out today near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia.

Somalia's president in a separate statement says the al- Shabab leader had been part of a network responsible for planning and carrying out several bombings and assassinations in the capital, Mogadishu.

President Donald Trump earlier this year approved expanded military operations against the al-Qaida-linked al- Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.

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The US earlier this month confirmed another airstrike killed al-Shaba's shadow governor for Mogadishu.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 01:48 IST