Al-Shabaab compound in Somalia destroyed by U.S. military airstrike

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The United States military said it destroyed a compound belonging to the jihadist group Al-Shabaab in an airstrike on Monday.

A statement released by the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the strike was conducted in the vicinity of Tiyeeglow in southern Somalia.

FILE PHOTO: A picture showing US army drones at a military airbase. (Photo by AYMAN HENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

AFRICOM did not give any details of any casualties from the terrorist group but added that a preliminary assessment of the operation showed no civilians were injured or killed.

A commander of the Joint Task Force – Quartz operations said the operation between the U.S. and its partners will help keep terrorists at bay.

“Al-Shabaab has carried out deadly suicide and terror attacks in Somalia including the recent attack targeting Danab leadership as well as recent bombing campaigns that have displaced thousands of Somali civilians. We will continue to support our partners and disrupt al-Shabaab’s efforts,” U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson said.

Al-Shabaab has waged a war against the Somali central government for several years in an attempt to impose strict Islamic law in the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. military has conducted an aggressive campaign of airstrikes in the Horn of Africa nation helping Somali security forces battle the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.

Troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have also helped Somali national security forces push the militant group out of much of southern Somalia including most major towns and cities.

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