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    The United States killed one of the high-ranking commanders of the radical group al-Shabaab, linked to al-Qaeda (a terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia), in Somalia, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the press release, Jabal was responsible for the militant group's operations in the capital of Somalia Mogadishu and Banaadir region. The terrorist reportedly planned attacks in Mogadishu.

    Al-Shabaab fighters display weopons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia (File)
    © AP Photo / Farah Abdi Warsameh

    "On July 30 at approximately 3 p.m. Somalia local time [12:00 GMT], the Department of Defense conducted a successful kinetic strike near Tortoroow in southern Somalia, killing al-Shabaab’s Ali Muhammad Hussein, known as Ali Jabal," the statement said.

    The operation was conducted jointly with the US regional partners countering al-Shabaab activities in Somalia, with no civilian casualties reported, the statement said.

    Somalia has been experiencing violence since the eruption of the civil war between the clan-based armed factions in the country in the early 1990s. Al-Shabaab has been staging numerous attacks in the country in an attempt to establish the strict Sharia law in it.

    In March, US President Donald Trump approved a Defense Department request to intensify strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia.

    al-Shabaab, AFRICOM, al-Qaeda, Somalia, US
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