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US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters

AP  |  Johannesburg 

The says it has killed eight extremists with an airstrike in southern

A US Command statement says Friday's strike hit near Kobon, not far from the port city of

The US says Kobon has been used to stage attacks against Somali forces. Its statement says no civilians were killed in the airstrike.

The US has carried out at least a dozen such airstrikes this year in against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in

The has dramatically stepped up airstrikes against since took office. Experts say it will take more than airstrikes to defeat the extremists, who continue to carry out deadly attacks in the Horn of nation and neighboring

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 23:15 IST