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U.S. MILITARY AIR STRIKE KILLS EIGHT AL-SHABAB MILITANTS IN SOMALIA

MOGADISHU, Somalia, The United States military said, it conducted an air strike in Somalia on Saturday, killing eight al-Shabab terrorists.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said, no civilian was killed in the latest drone strike, which was carried out in coordination with the Somali government in the vicinity of Gandarshe, about 48 km southwest of Mogadishu.

"We currently assess this air strike killed eight militants, with no civilians involved," said the U.S. army.

"This air strike was conducted in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, to degrade al-Shabab's freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network," it added.

The U.S. army, which has been partnering with African Union peacekeeping troops and Somali forces, said, it's committed to preventing al-Shabab from taking advantage of safe havens, from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia.

"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," said Africom.

It said, the American forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect the Somali people, including partnered military counter-terror operations with its local and international partners.

Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces, have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, flushing them in their Lower and Middle Shabelle region bases, as part of efforts to stabilise the Horn of Africa nation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK