US bombs al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab in Somalia, killing ‘several militants’

US bombs al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab in Somalia, killing ‘several militants’

By Loree Lewis   
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The African Union Mission in Somalia's Ugandan Contingent Commander, Brigadier General Kayanja Muhanga, visits the site of a VBIED attack conducted by the militant group al Shabaab in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. October 15, 2017. (Photo: Tobin Jones/ AMISOM)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military conducted an airstrike against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab in southwest Somalia on Thursday, according to U.S. Africa Command, “killing several militants.”

The strike came as the Trump administration continues ramped-up efforts against the extremist group, considered to be the deadliest in Africa.

Africa Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in Africa, said in a statement that the strike was conducted in coordination with the Somali government.

The U.S. has carried out 15 airstrikes against al-Shabaab this year, with the first in June. President Donald Trump granted Africa Command greater military authorities in March, allowing it to go on the offensive against the group.

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