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Somali, U.S. Airstrike Kills 3 in Mogadishu

Somali and U.S. forces conducted a targeted airstrike in the Somalian capital here on Wednesday, killing three al-Shabab fighters in the vicinity of Wadajir district.

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The United States Africa Command (Africom) said no civilians were injured or killed.

Gregory Hadfield, Africom’s deputy director of intelligence, said past attacks by al-Shabab have ranged from unsophisticated to complex operations, including assassinations, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and vehicle-borne IED attacks.

Somalia and partner forces have expanded their military operations into territory formerly controlled by al-Shabab after driving the insurgents out of Mogadishu in 2011.

Since 2017, the African Union, Somali and U.S. forces have stepped up air and ground military raids against al-Shabab, which is trying to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government.

The strikes have largely targeted al-Shabab figureheads based in southern Somalia, where the group still maintains a strong grip in some regions.

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Written by How Africa

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