US airstrike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabaab militants

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The US army says it conducted an airstrike in Somalia on Tuesday, killing three al-Shabaab militants.

The airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Quy Cad near Debatscile, and is the third attack on the militant group in two weeks.

“We continue to work with Somali, AMISOM and other international partners to grow and develop Somali security forces. As part of that effort, we conduct precision strikes to foil terrorist plans, kill al-Shabaab terrorists and reduce the enemy’s freedom of maneuver. Strikes keep pressure on the al-Shabaab network and help provide Somali forces time and space to develop their independent capability to protect the people of Somalia,” the US Africa Command said in a statement.

The agency pledged to continue collaborating with Somali forces to disable the threat of terrorism posed by al-Shabaab.

The al-Qaeda affiliated group has waged an extremist war in Somalia for over a decade, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions others.

The U.S. forces and African Union troops have been deployed in the Horn of African country to battle the militant group.

While the U.S. initially engaged the militants minimally, President Donald Trump granted broader authority to carry out strikes after coming into power.