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U.S. AIR STRIKE KILLS 60 AL-SHABAB MILITANTS IN CENTRAL SOMALIA

MOGADISHU, Somalia, The United States military said, its special forces conducted an air strike in the vicinity of Harardhere town, in Mudug region of central Somalia on Oct 12, killing 60 al-Shabab terrorists.

The United States Africa Command (Africom), which oversees American troops on the African continent, said, this air strike was the largest against the militants since Nov 21, 2017, when American forces killed about 100 terrorists in an air strike against the insurgents' camp.

"We currently assess this air strike killed approximately 60 terrorists. We also currently assess this air strike did not injure or kill any civilians," Africom said.

Africom has vowed to work with its partners, to transfer the responsibility for lasting security from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the Somali government and its member states.

"Alongside our Somali and international partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabab from taking advantage of safe havens, from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia," the statement said.

"In particular, the group uses portions of southern and central Somalia, to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace, to fund its operations, and shelter radical terrorists." it said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK