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Somalia: Al-Shabaab officials killed in a US airstrike

Djibouti (SD) – US Army Command in Africa (AFRICOM) in an statement confirmed that it has carried out airstrikes in Somalia in collaboration with Somali government forces.

The bombing took place near Jamame district in Lower Jubba region, yesterday, January 19, according to AFRICOM.

A statement from the US Africa Command said the operation targeted senior unnamed al-Shabab officials.

“These strikes targeted known al-Shabaab leaders involved in IED facilitation, fighter training, and attack planning,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Joint Task Force-Quartz commander.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson added “Striking these leaders disrupts al-Shabaab’s ability to attack our partners and indiscriminately kill innocent civilians with improvised explosive devices. We are working closely with our Somali partners to support their operations against al-Shabaab, protect their people, and provide governance.”

The command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this operation, according to the statement.

The US airstrike come just days after about 700 US troops withdrew from Somalia.

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