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Somalia: U.S. drone strikes kill dozen al-Shabab militants

Somalia: U.S. drone strikes kill dozen al-Shabab militants


The United States has said that it carried out air strikes in southern Somalia on Monday night, which killed about 12 al-Shabab militants.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that unmanned drones were used in the attacks. He also added that the targeted militants posed an imminent threat to U.S. personnel working with Somali government forces north of the city of Kismayo.

According to reports, witnesses said that three civilians were also killed in the airstrikes, which hit the al-Shabab-controlled village of Yontoy in Somalia’s lower Juba region. Further reports say that, the Pentagon had confirmed launching attacks on an al Shabab training camp for fighters in Somalia.

The attack on Raso Camp that killed more than 150 militants came after the officials learnt that the fighters were in the final stages of planning an attack against the African Union Mission in Somalia, which includes U.S. personnel.

The U.S. has been using drones to attack al shabaab. In September 2014, the group’s longtime leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

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