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U.S. military kills 4 al-Shabab militants in latest strike

The United States military said Monday its special forces conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Araara in southern Somalia on Sunday killing four al-Shabab militants.

The United States military said Monday its special forces conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Araara in southern Somalia on Sunday killing four al-Shabab militants.

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the collective self-defense airstrike which was carried in cooperation with the Somali government targeted al-Shabab militants in the vicinity of Araara.

“We currently assess this airstrike killed four terrorists. We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike,” said Africom in a statement.

The U.S. military said the airstrike was conducted after partner forces came “under small arms fire” but noted that no American service members were present on the ground during the Somali-led operation. 

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