US military airstrike in Somalia kills 4 al-Shabaab fighters


The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabaab extremist group.

The US Africa Command says this is the 19th such airstrike this year against the Somalia-based al-Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.

The US also has carried out a number of drone strikes against a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State organisation in northern Somalia.

Friday’s statement says the latest airstrike was carried out on Thursday about 119km northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab often targets the capital with deadly attacks.

The US says it assesses that no civilians were killed. Somali officials and residents at least twice in recent months have alleged that civilians were killed in airstrikes.



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