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Somalia confirms airstrike against al-Shabaab in Mudug

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali government said on Friday that its forces in cooperation with the country’s partners had conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab.

The attack which is the second in this week happened mid-morning in Mudug region, according to the ministry.

In a press release from the Ministry of Information, the government said that the precision strike successfully killed several fighters and weapons without giving a specific number of deaths. It added that they assessed zero civilian casualties.

“Al-Shabaab have suffered another great loss at the hands of the Danab, the Somali National Army and its partners,” information ministry said. “At 10:21 in Galmudug state between Qay’ad town and Harardheere district an airstrike has crippled the al-Shabaab terrorist.”

The attack comes barely three days after U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab.

Tuesday’s attack marked the first time that the U.S. forces has launched an airstrike in the country since President Joe Biden came into office.

The U.S. carried out 63 airstrikes against al-Shabab in 2019 and 53 airstrikes in 2020.

Another seven airstrikes were launched in the first two-and-a-half weeks of 2021, before former U.S. President Donald Trump left office.

Last December, then-President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to withdraw an estimated 700 U.S. troops stationed in Somalia.

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