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U.S. says it killed two al Shabaab militants in Somalia airstrike

U.S. says it killed two al Shabaab militants in Somalia airstrike

THE U.S. military said it had killed two fighters from the al Shabaab militant group in an airstrike in a remote part of Somalia's southern Jubaland state on Sunday. The United States has been carrying out air strikes in Somalia to try to defeat al Shabaab, an al Qaeda franchise seeking to implement its interpretation of Islamic law and overthrow the country's Western-backed central government. The strike took place near Libikus in the Lower Juba region, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement late on Monday. "The command's initial assessment is that two al Shabaab terrorists were killed in…
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Burundi says 10 of its peacekeepers killed in Somalia attack

Burundi says 10 of its peacekeepers killed in Somalia attack

KATHARINE HOURELD BURUNDI'S military said 10 of its African Union (AU) peacekeepers were killed in an attack on their base in Somalia, while a security source in the region and a Mogadishu-based source said dozens were dead. Burundi state television quoted army spokesperson Floribert Biyereke saying that 25 other soldiers were wounded in Tuesday's raid on a camp near the village of El Baraf in central Somalia, while 20 "al Shabaab terrorists" were also killed. The security source in the region said several follow-up operations were going on after al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants overran the camp the previous day.…
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U.S. military carries out second strike in Somalia

U.S. military carries out second strike in Somalia

THE U.S. military said it carried out an airstrike yesterday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, in the second such action this week. The Pentagon said the strike took place in the vicinity of Galmudug, Somalia, and emphasized that no U.S. forces were accompanying Somali troops during the operation. It came just three days after a similar U.S. strike targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, which is seeking to topple the Somali government and impose its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. "U.S. forces are authorized to conduct strikes in support of combatant commander designated partner forces under collective self-defense,"…
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Al Shabaab militants storm Somali jail, seven soldiers killed

Al Shabaab militants storm Somali jail, seven soldiers killed

ABDIQANI HASSAN AT least seven soldiers were killed when fighters of the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab stormed a jail in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland early on Friday, police and the group said. Al Shabaab said it had freed at least 400 prisoners, many of them its members, in its assault on the main prison in Bosaso, Puntland's largest city, in the early hours of Friday. The authorities did not confirm that figure. "Last night many well-armed men attacked us from various directions. We fought back but finally they entered the central jail by force using explosions. They freed…
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Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

DOZENS of soldiers and insurgents were killed in two days of fighting between Somali government forces and al Shabaab militants northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a witness has told Reuters. Somalia's state news agency Sonna said the military had killed about 50 fighters from the al Qaeda-allied Islamist group. No immediate account of the battle was available from the militants. Hussein Ali, a farmer in the Afgoye area, told Reuters he and other civilians had been trapped in the crossfire during two nights of fighting. "The Somali government transported dozens of dead bodies. Likewise, al Shabaab took dozens of their…
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