US Airstrike Kills 4 al-Shabab 12/09 11:28
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The U.S. military says it has killed four members of
the al-Shabab extremist group with a "self-defense airstrike" outside Somalia's
capital after partner forces were attacked.
The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Saturday
near Basra, a community outside the capital, Mogadishu. The statement says no
civilians were involved.
The U.S. military has carried out 39 airstrikes this year against the
al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, Africa's most active Islamic extremist group, which
controls parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to stage
deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other cities.
The U.S. airstrikes have picked up dramatically since President Donald Trump
took office and approved expanded military operations in the Horn of Africa
nation. Airstrikes also target a small presence of fighters linked to the
Islamic State group.