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US Airstrike Slays 60 Al-Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia - AFRICOM

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United States Africa Command announced that an American airstrike coordinated with the Somalian federal government killed “approximately 60 terrorists” from al-Shabaab, the most destructive air raid against the militant Salafi group since November 2017.

"This precision airstrike was the largest airstrike against al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017, when US forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab camp killing approximately 100 terrorists," AFRICOM said in a Tuesday news release. American warplanes struck the al-Shabaab-controlled area of Haradere in Mudug province, which is located in north-central Somalia.

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The US command also claimed to assess that "this airstrike did not injure or kill any civilians." Since 2007, the US military's combat drones have waged war against al-Qaeda's affiliates in Somalia, among them al-Shabaab.

Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based, armed factions in the early 1990s. Al-Shabaab has staged numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose a radical version of Sharia law.

On Sunday, a pair of suicide bombings in southwest Somalia killed at least 17 people while wounding 70 more, Sputnik News reported. The day marked the one-year anniversary of what has been dubbed Somalia's 9/11, when truck bombers slaughtered 587 people in Mogadishu.

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