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.
"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 Africa Command launched drone strikes that targeted an Islamic State base in the country's northeast.
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