US military: Drone strike kills al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia

2017-07-31 19:29
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Mogadishu - The US military says it has carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed a member of the al-Shabaab extremist group.

A statement on Monday from the US Africa Command says the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Tortoroow in southern Somalia. The statement says no civilians were killed.

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

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab is the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

The US statement says the airstrike was carried out in coordination with regional partners "as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces."

There was no immediate comment from Somali officials.

Read more on:    al shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa

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