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Somalia: US forces bomb Sakow district

Mogadishu (SD) – The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it has bombed a building housing al-Shabab fighters in the town of Sakow in the Middle Jubba region.

A statement from AFRICOM said the bombing damaged an al-Shabab base, but did not say how many al-Shabab fighters had been injured.

“The command currently assesses no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this operation. Efforts to disrupt enemy operations, as well as monitor and apply pressure to the al-Shabaab network continue.” said the AFRICOM statement.

A statement from AFRICOM stated that Al-Shabaab poses a threat to Somalia, Kenya and to the rest of the world.

“U.S. Africa Command continues to maintain a sharp focus on East African threats,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Heidi Berg, U.S. Africa Command director of intelligence. “Al-Shabaab seeks to not only destroy governance and security in Somalia, but target innocent civilians in Kenya and elsewhere. We will continue to monitor and maintain pressure to the network.”

The attack comes as US troops begin withdrawing from Somalia after the outgoing president ordered them to evacuate Somalia.


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