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Al-Shabab Leader Killed in US Airstrike in Somalia

The US statement says the airstrikes were carried out on Friday near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia in which a high-level leader of al-Shabab was killed.

Associated Press

Updated:August 11, 2017, 9:33 AM IST
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Al-Shabab Leader Killed in US Airstrike in Somalia
Somali police stand at the scene after an explosion outside Darishifa hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia on August 4, 2017. (File photo/REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
Mogadishu: The US military has announced two new airstrikes against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, and Somalia's president says the joint operation killed a high-level leader of the group.

The US statement says the airstrikes were carried out on Friday near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia.

Somalia's president in a separate statement says the al-Shabab leader had been part of a network responsible for planning and carrying out several bombings and assassinations in the capital, Mogadishu.

President Donald Trump earlier this year approved expanded military operations against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.

al-Shabab is the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

The US earlier this month confirmed another airstrike killed al-Shabab's shadow governor for Mogadishu.
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