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US Airstrike Kills 8 Al-Shabaab Militants in Somalia

Eight Al-Shabaab militants were on Saturday killed by a United States air strike conducted in Gandarshe town, south-central Banaadir province of Somalia.

The Saturday attack, described by the U.S. Africa Command as precision airstrike, brings to 21 the number of Islamic militants killed within the period of one month.

“To support the federal government of Somalia’s efforts to degrade  Al-Shabaab, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike targeting Al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Somalia on December
15th 2018,” said part of the statement released by U.S. Africa Command.

The statement added that there was no single civilian casualty recorded.

“We currently assess this airstrike killed 8 militants with no civilian involved”

The airstrike, meant to subdue the radical Islamic militants, was reportedly carried out in “close coordination with the Federal government of Somalia to degrade Al-Shabaab’s freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network.”

The U.S. stated it’s committed to degrading the Al-Shabaab strength.

“Alongside our Somali and international partners, we are committed to preventing Al-Shabaab from taking advantage of the safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia.”

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Yesterday’s airstrike was the third attack on the group since November 21st 2018.

On November 21st 2018 the U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Quy Cad, Madug north-central region of Somalia killing 7 fighters in a fresh attack against the terrorist group affiliated to Al-Qaeda.

The second day on November 22nd 2018 two airstrikes were conducted in Haradere district, north-central Madug region killing 6 Al-Shabaab fighters.

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