Somalia: US air strike kills 'several militants'

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Washington, Nov 10: Several militants were killed in an air strike by the US millitary 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.

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The strike was carried out "in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia," the US Africa Command said in a statement.

"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.

['Several terrorists' killed in US' first strike against IS in Somalia]

Even on November 4, the US had conducted a pair of drone strikes against IS jihadists in Somalia. 

The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed "several terrorists," the US military's Africa Command said in a statement.


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