Sunday, February 03, 2019

AFRICOM Continues Bombing of Somalia Reportedly Killing 24 People
January 31, 2019 11:45 AM
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — The United States military says it has killed 24 al-Shabab fighters with an airstrike in Somalia.

The U.S. Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out on Wednesday near a camp near Shebeeley in the central Hiran region north of the capital, Mogadishu.

The U.S. carried out nearly 50 such airstrikes last year in Somalia against the purported al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab.

The group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a hotel complex in Kenya's capital earlier this month. It often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu with suicide bombings.

The U.S. statement says the airstrikes are meant to support Somalian armed forces as they increase pressure on al-Shabab and its recruiting efforts in the region, especially in southern and central Somalia.

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